A Travis County jury has sentenced Terri Elmore to eight years in prison for a drunken crash that killed a local pastor and his wife.
Elmore was convicted Monday of two counts of intoxicated manslaughter for the 2011 crash.
Authorities say that on November 19, 2011, Elmore drove into on-coming traffic while driving along Hwy 290 West and struck the vehicle driven by Dayspring Fellowship Church Pastor Jackson Boyett and his wife Barbara.
The jury in the Elmore trial came back after about 3.5 hours and decided on four years and a $10,000 fine for both of the counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Before the judge sentenced Elmore she had the chance to say something - she said "I'm very sorry."
The judge probated the fines, which means she will not pay them. He sentenced her to serve the two terms consecutively so she will spend eight years behind bars.
She will have to serve four years in prison before she is eligible for parole. This is more time than the defense wanted. They urged the jury to consider probation.
This morning, Travis County Assistant District Attorney Mona Shea said the community's morale compass on drinking and driving is broken and the jury had the chance to send a message with this sentence.
Members of Dayspring Fellowship Church packed the courtroom. They say this trial has been deeply emotional. While nothing will bring back Jackson and Barbara Boyett they are pleased with Elmore's punishment.
"We wanted her to do some prison time but this is more than we expected. Travis County doesn't have a good track record when it comes to sentencing drunk drivers who kill people," said Greg Van Court of Dayspring Fellowship Church.
"We are disappointed in both the verdicts. We believe she is the poster child for probation," said Jim Erickson, Elmore's attorney.
Erickson says he plans to file an appeal.