Former Texas State student convicted for deadly drunken driving crash

Former Texas State student convicted for deadly drunken driving crash

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SAN MARCOS

Woman convicted for deadly crash crash

A former Texas State University student was convicted of intoxication manslaughter on Friday and faces prison time for her role in a deadly crash in 2016 that shattered a young family.

Shana Lee Elliott was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala on Texas 21 in San Marcos on Aug. 2, 2016, when she crossed into oncoming lanes and slammed into a Toyota Corolla carrying Fabian Guerrero-Moreno, 23, and his pregnant wife, Kristian Nicole Guerrero, 24.

Guerrero-Moreno died from injuries he received in the crash, as did the couple’s unborn child. Kristian was seriously injured, but survived.

Elliott was hospitalized with minor injuries at the Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos. She was arrested after her release.

A jury unanimously found her guilty of one intoxication assault, and two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Kristian Guerrero took the stand to address Elliott after the verdict was announced, calling Elliott a murderer and a thief.

“You stole my life,” she said.

Elliott was sentenced to 10 years of probation for intoxication assault, and seven years in prison for each count of intoxication manslaughter.

Authorities have yet to decide whether Elliott’s sentences will be served concurrently or consecutively.

— Mark D. Wilson

SAN ANTONIO

2nd suspect pleads guilty after immigrant deaths

The second of two defendants pleaded guilty Thursday to “conspiracy to transport undocumented aliens resulting in death” after 10 of those immigrants died in a sweltering tractor trailer last summer while making the journey into the United States.

Pedro Silva Segura, 47, faces up to life in prison for his role in this crime, U.S. Department of Justice officials said.

By pleading guilty, Silva admitted to operating a house in Laredo that served as a holding area for unauthorized immigrants awaiting transportation to final destinations in the United States, federal officials said.

Immigrants left the house on the night of July 22, 2017, in a San Antonio-bound truck that 61-year-old James Matthew Bradley Jr. was driving, federal officials said.

San Antonio police found 39 unauthorized immigrants in and near the tractor-trailer — four of them unaccompanied teenagers ages 14 to 17 — at a Walmart just after midnight, officials said. The group estimated there had been up to 200 people inside during the transport at one point, federal officials said.

Of those 39, eight died in the trailer and two others later died after being hospitalized, officials said.

Bradley pleaded guilty last fall to one count of conspiracy to transport immigrants resulting in death and one count of transporting immigrants resulting in death. He is also facing up to life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

Silva’s sentencing is scheduled for June 29.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

NORTH AUSTIN

Police: Drug deal possibly led to shooting

Austin police have identified the man who died after he was shot and killed in a parking lot at the Domain.

Adam Shorter, 19, died from a gunshot wound Tuesday, Austin police said. Officers responded at 4:47 p.m. to the lot in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Based on witness interviews, homicide detectives believe that the shooting occurred during an illegal drug transaction, Austin police officials said Friday.

The suspects are two men who fled the scene after the shooting, police said. The first man was described as having medium build, in his early 20s, wearing an orange T-shirt and blue jeans, with a short afro and a fade on sides. The second man was described as in his late 20s with a belly and braided, pulled back hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt.

Witnesses said they left in a red Saturn, police said.

Medics found Shorter and took him to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, where he died at 6:23 p.m., police said.

Anyone who can identify the people responsible is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their anonymous tip is the first to lead to one or both suspects’ arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 or use the “P3 Tips” smartphone app to leave an anonymous tip.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

BARTON HILLS

Police ID man charged for Greenbelt fires

Police have identified the man suspected of starting fires in the Barton Creek Greenbelt on Thursday as Daniel Alexander Daugherty.

Daugherty was booked into the Travis County Jail at 4:25 p.m. Thursday on a charge of arson, jail records show.

Firefighters responded to multiple fires in the area starting Thursday a little after noon. The fires were put out and no one was reported injured.

— American-Statesman Staff

CENTRAL AUSTIN

Police: 2 shot in Fiesta Mart parking lot

Two people were shot Thursday night in the parking lot of Fiesta Mart in Central Austin, police said.

The pair showed up at an area hospital around 9 p.m., seeking treatment, police said. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Police did not share any additional details Thursday night.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

TRAVIS COUNTY

Big rig caught fire on Texas 130

A big rig caught on fire Thursday evening on Texas 130 but Austin firefighters put it out before the blaze could reach the nitrogen tank the 18-wheeler was carrying, officials said.

Firefighters responded around 7:50 p.m. to the fire on Texas 130 near Parmer Lane. The 18-wheeler caught fire, likely due to a vehicle issue, while it was driving on the highway, fire officials said.

The driver pulled over and got out safely. The tanker was not damaged in the fire, but the vehicle’s cab burned completely, fire officials said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

SAN MARCOS

Police: Student arrested for dorm robbery

Police have arrested a Texas State University student in connection with an aggravated robbery in a student housing complex in December.

The student, a 19-year-old, was arrested on Thursday and taken to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center.

The robbery happened on Dec. 8 in the breezeway of Building 7 at Bobcat Village, 1301 Aquarena Springs Drive.

Police did not immediately release the student’s name.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

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