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Man headed to prison for 2011 intoxication manslaughter case

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District Court 299 would hear the motion to revoke the intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault of Ruben Flores.

In June of 2011, Randy Carter and Lori Gallagher were hit by Flores at the intersection of Ed Bluestien and MLK. Carter died at the scene. Gallagher was severely injured.

Flores was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he ran a red light.

"He was on probation and given a Second chance and ahh and he violated the terms and conditions of his probation," said Assistant DA Craig Moore said.

The Carter family would again sit through testimony from Flores. Randy's father still didn't regret giving Flores a second chance with probation with conditions in April of 2012.

"He showed us he was truly sorry for what he done and we had to believe that he was sorry and it was kinda the Christian thing to do," said Ray Carter.

Some four months later in February of this year Flores was arrested after testing positive for amphetamines and methamphetamines and turned himself in.

"The only stipulation we made is that he do the things we asked him to be done and stay clean and sober and in such a short time he couldn't do it," Carter said.

About 30 minutes after the proceedings, Judge Karen Sage decided Flores would spend eight years in the Department of Corrections.

"It's a no win. For yes he goes to prison but what about his family, now they're going to suffer," said Carter's sister, Jennifer Crosby.

"Everybody has given Ruben a chance to try really hard to do the right thing and he messed up," said Defense Attorney Amber Vacquez-Bode.

"He killed my son and he hurt Miss Gallagher severely. Eight years in the pen is not as bad a visiting a headstone," said Carter.

During testimony, Flores admitted his substance abuse issues and his remorse for killing Carter. The Defense had hoped to get sentencing on one charge and probation for the other so he could continue treatment. The judge denied that request.

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