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Local man gets 6 months jail, 10 years probation
for fatal DWI crash in 2009


LIVINGSTON – A Livingston man charged with intoxication manslaughter following a fatal accident in 2009 pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years probation, a $10,000 fine and 180 days in jail by visiting Judge David Wilson of Lufkin. Assistant District attorney Beverly Armstrong said the defendant went before a Polk County jury for sentencing. “He began serving those 180 days immediately,” Armstrong said. Colden H. Poncho, now 20 years old, had a blood alcohol level of 0.31 following the accident, according to Texas Highway Patrol reports. A blood alcohol level of 0.08 results in automatic arrest. Poncho was sentenced in connection with a two-vehicle accident at 5:56 a.m. July 19, 2009 on U.S. 190, 13.8 miles east of Livingston. The accident resulted in the death of 83-year-old Vincent Guzzi of Trinity. A 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Poncho was westbound, crossed the center stripe and collided with an eastbound 2000 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Guzzi, according to the initial accident report filed by Trooper M. Brent Murray. Guzzi was pronounced dead at the scene. Poncho and a passenger in the vehicle, who was 15 years old at the time of the accident, were injured and transported to the hospital. The passenger was released from the hospital later that day.


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