Friday, May 25, 2012
Hall Pass handed out by Jury
Party on Dude!
Teacher gets probation in DWI manslaughter
By Craig Kapitan
Jurors ordered probation Thursday for a teacher who killed another motorist four years ago after getting behind the wheel at twice the legal limit for alcohol and driving an estimated 95 mph on Interstate 10.
Attorneys for Jose Castaneda, who was working at O'Connor High School at the time and now teaches in Del Rio, said during closing arguments that he would do society more good in the classroom than in prison.
Prosecutors had sought prison time for the intoxication manslaughter charge, which Castaneda, 34, pleaded guilty to at the outset of the trial. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison.