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Iowa man gets maximum sentence for vehicle fatality
SHEPHERD – An Iowa man was sentenced to 20 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a vehicle accident that claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy. Judicial District Judge Elizabeth Coker sentenced Carlos Hernandez Camacho, also known as Edgardo Alvarado-Camacho, to serve the maximum allowed by the law with credit for time served in each case for the offense of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and for manslaughter, both a second degree felony. Camacho was indicted by a San Jacinto County Grand Jury on a third degree felony charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle while allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing a crash injuring Brian Courtney of Buda, Texas, with severe injuries that required air ambulance transport to a Houston hospital. He was also indicted on a second degree felony charge of intoxicated manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of Courtney's 12-year-old son, Samuel. The accident occurred on Nov. 11, 2012 on Hwy. 59 at Shepherd. Camacho pled guilty to injury by driving a motor vehicle on the wrong side of the road, failing to yield the right-ofway. According to court records, Camacho waived his right to a jury trial. During a pre-sentence investigation neither the State nor the defense presented any witnesses during the sentencing hearing. Following an impact statement made by the victim's family, the court found the defendant guilty in both cases.