Lengthy fatal DWI sentencing upheld for NM woman

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A lengthy prison sentence for woman whose drunken-driving car crash led to the deaths of three people and serious injury to another has been upheld.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a 16 year prison sentence for Camille Suzanne Lente “was substantively reasonable.”

Lente’s lawyers had argued that she had taken complete responsibility for her actions, pleading guilty to the full indictment, and had called the sentence extreme. She had successfully appeal a previous sentencing of 18 years in prison.

Authorities say Lente killed three people in 2005 after driving her mother’s Chevrolet Suburban on a state road running through Isleta Pueblo. Police say she drank between 13 and 19 beers with another man before the crash.

Court records show that her blood alcohol level was 0.21.

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