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Crockett man agrees to 10 years in prison for alcohol-related fatal rollover wreck

Austin Catoe (Source: Houston County Jail) Austin Catoe (Source: Houston County Jail)
Mariaah Lopez (Source: Facebook) Mariaah Lopez (Source: Facebook)

A 19-year-old Crockett man who was behind the wheel during a fatal alcohol-related rollover wreck that occurred on FM 357 back in June of 2016 agreed to a plea bargain deal of 10 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison Thursday.

Austin Cline Catoe had a plea bargain hearing Thursday. Houston County Attorney Daphne Session served as a special prosecutor on the case.

As part of the plea bargain deal, Catoe pleaded guilty to two second-degree intoxicated manslaughter charges and a third-degree intoxicated assault charge. He was indicted on numerous additional charges back in October of 2016.

Session said that plea bargain agreement calls for Catoe to serve 10 years in a TDCJ prison. After he is released from prison, he will be required to serve five years of probation.

At the end of the plea bargain hearing, deputies with the Houston County Sheriff's Office took Catoe into custody, so he could start serving his prison sentence.

The one-vehicle rollover wreck occurred on June 26 on FM 357 about four miles south of Kennard. According to the DPS preliminary crash investigation, Austin Cline Catoe, 18, Crockett, was driving a 2016 Chevrolet pickup north on FM 357 when he left the road. His truck rolled over and struck multiple trees.

Two passengers in the truck, 17-year-old Mariaah Lopez, and 22-year-old Brendan Galloway were killed in the wreck. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene, and Galloway was transported to HCMC, and was pronounced dead some time later.

Haley Henry was seriously injured in the wreck.

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