Lufkin man gets probation in motorcycle death of wife - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Lufkin man gets probation in motorcycle death of wife

Jesse Huerta mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail. Jesse Huerta mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A Lufkin man held responsible in the death of his wife pleaded guilty to the crime Friday morning.

Jesse Robert Huerta, 48, accepted a five-year probation sentence in Judge Gerald Goodwin's courtroom.

Lufkin Police arrested Huerta in August, on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter, following a motorcycle accident in June.

Lufkin Police obtained a warrant after their investigation of the crash that occurred around 12:15 a.m. on June 3. The wreck at the intersection of East Frank Avenue and Lufkin Avenue killed Huerta's wife, 42-year-old Maria Huerta.

Huerta, was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, with his wife riding on the seat behind him. Police said he lost control and entered a landscaped median, striking some shrubbery before flipping the motorcycle.

Maria was transported to Memorial Hospital where she died.

The arrest affidavit stated around midnight, the couple had left a Lufkin nightclub and were headed home when they crashed.

Neither were wearing a helmet at the time.

Officers at the scene said Huerta smelled of alcohol. He was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the wreck, and he willingly provided a blood sample.  Results showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .18.

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