COLDSPRING, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity man originally sentenced to 180 days in jail was re-sentenced Friday to at least 18 months confinement, according to the San Jacinto County district attorney.
District Attorney Bill Burnett said the visiting district judge sentenced Justin Sutton to five concurrent 10-year prison sentences, all probated for 10 years. Burnett said it means Sutton is put on probation for 10 years, and if he violates his probation, he will be sent to prison.
As part of the probation, Sutton has to serve one year in state jail, followed by six to 12 months in a substance abuse felony punishment facility.
Sutton was convicted on one count of intoxicated manslaughter and four counts of intoxicated assault for his role in a Dec. 2007 wreck which killed a Lufkin man and four others.
Burnett said the family who were the victims in the wreck were "devastated" by the new sentence.