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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Drunk Driving Speeder Sentenced to 18 Years for Killing UTSA Student

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:55 AM

  • Bexar County Sheriff's Office

A Poteet man who slammed into a UTSA student's car at 100 mph while drunk more than two years ago will spend nearly two decades in prison.

Late Tuesday afternoon, 175th District Court Judge Mary Roman sentenced 24-year-old Carlton Jenkins to 18 years in jail for intoxication manslaughter and 10 years for intoxication assault after Roman ruled that Jenkins' vehicle was a deadly weapon. Those sentences will run concurrently.

Jenkins killed 21-year-old Brandon Guzman just after 1 a.m. on February 16, 2014 at a stoplight by Loop 1604 and West Hausman Road, near UTSA's campus on the northwest side of San Antonio.

The accident left Joanna Avalos, who was a passenger in Jenkins' car, paralyzed from the waist down. Jenkins suffered minor injuries.

At the sentencing hearing, Avalos testified that Jenkins was extremely intoxicated and that she and another passenger in his car tried to get him to pull over, according to the Bexar County District Attorney's Office.

Jenkins blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Guzman was studying to become a physical therapist.

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