• Texas drunken driver who killed couple sentenced to 4 months jail, 5 months probation

    By: Ann Smajstrla, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    DALLAS -

    A Dallas man who was found guilty of hitting and killing a couple while driving drunk has been sentenced to four months in jail and five years' probation -- a sentence the victims' families are frustrated with.

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    In November 2015, Lauren and Cedric Davis, both 26, were walking to a Dallas Mavericks game. They were on a sidewalk approaching the American Airlines Center when Kevin Christman drove through a red light and onto the sidewalk, striking the couple, according to media reports from the time

    Cedric Davis died at the scene, and Lauren Davis died the next day.

    Christman, then 28, was drunk at the time of the incident, police said. He was initially charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

    More than three and a half years after the incident, Christmas was sentenced Wednesday to four months in jail and five years' probation.

    Tammy Benthall, Lauren Davis's mother, told WFAA-TV she doesn't believe the punishment fits the crime.

    “The system did not work. It failed us,” she said. “There is a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.”

    The couple's family and friends are working to change state law to ensure tougher punishment for drunken drivers, Benthall said.

    “We want to see laws changed so that other people are not sitting, grieving the loss of their daughter,” she said.

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