120 days in jail for east woman that killed two while driving drunk

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An east Texas woman will spend 120 days in jail for killing two people while driving drunk.

On Monday Jessica Vass pleaded guilty to two counts of intoxication manslaughter. On Thursday she was sentenced to 10 years probation on each count in addition to a fine of $10,000 on each count.

Vass pleaded guilty Monday ahead of jury selection for her trial and asked to be sentenced by a jury. 

Vass killed Annette Burkhart and Gary McCrary while driving intoxicated on Toll 49 the night of April 12.

During victim impact statements the son of Burkhart said, “I know there are people close to me who’ve forgiven you. I want you to know, I’m not one of those people.”

“I struggle with knowing she died in pain. I’m completely broken,” Burkhart’s son went on to say.

Burkhart was stopped on the side of the road with a flat tire and McCrary was helping her change the tire when Vass struck both vehicles, causing the vehicles to hit both Burkhart and McCrary. 

McCrary died at the scene and Burkhart died later in a Tyler hospital.

Vass was driving 75 mph and had a blood alcohol level of .148, almost twice the legal limit.

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