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Man convicted on charges of manslaughter caused by drunk driving

In his second time going before a jury, one man was recently convicted of killing two individuals while driving under the influence in Florida. The conviction is the same result he got the first time he went before a jury. The man convicted of causing two deaths as a result of drunk driving is 35.

The man was first convicted of charges related to drunk driving back in 2012 and was sentenced to three decades behind prison bars in early 2013. However, in 2014, a court of appeals vacated this conviction. The appeals court said an acting judge in the first trial made a mistake by allowing one juror to serve who had completed handyman work for a prosecution witness.

The same acting judge presided over the man's retrial and was expected to hand down the man's new sentence just as she had the vacated one. The man was convicted of drunk driving-manslaughter (two counts) and vehicular manslaughter (two counts). He is slated to be sentenced in March. The crash occurred back in 2009 and led to the death of a mom of four, who was driving a car that the man struck; the woman's passenger also died as a result of the collision.

An individual who is accused of drunk driving has the right to proceed to trial on the merits of the accusations. At trial, the prosecution must prove each element of the individual's pending charges, a burden that is frequently difficult to meet. A close look at the evidence that prosecutors plan to furnish in court to support the formal accusations made against the defendant may very well be a main area of focus for the criminal defense in this type of case in Florida.

Source: keysnet.com, "In retrial, jury convicts Villalobos of DUI-manslaughter, vehicular homicide", Larry Kahn, Feb. 12, 2016

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