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.