Lufkin man accepts plea deal that killed motorcyclist while driving under the influence in 2018

Lufkin man accepts plea deal that killed motorcyclist while driving under the influence in 2018

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Jesse Huerta appeared before judge Paul White in an Angelina County courtroom for a plea hearing.

He accepted a plea deal of 14 years in prison for the charges of intoxication manslaughter and accident involving death. In April of 2018, Lufkin Police arrested Huerta after they say he hit a motorcyclist near the Denman Avenue exit.

A man driving an 18-wheeler who witnessed the wreck told officers that the victim was in front of him on Loop 287 when Huerta tried to pass him and switched lanes crashing into the motorcycle.

Kenneth P. Dies, Assistant District Attorney explain how they came to the plea deal.

“Our task is to try and determine what we think a jury might do, given the factors that aggravate or make the crime worst and consider factors that mitigate, make the crime not worst or not worthy of the maximum. So, under our estimation this was probably best route to go,” says Dies.

There will be a hearing within 90 days to determine what Huerta will pay to the sister of the victim to reimburse money for funeral arrangements.

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