TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A judge in Florida sentenced a 31-year-old woman to 50 years in prison for causing a drunk driving crash that killed a family of three.
Amber Perera was convicted of DUI-manslaughter and leaving a death scene. She told her family in a call from jail that her life was ruined. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella said she also ruined a lot of other lives, and ended three others: The 2017 crash killed 29-year-old Rita Felipak, 41-year-old Luiz Felipak and their 8-year-old daughter Giorgia.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that prosecutors asked for a life sentence during an emotional hearing on Friday. Perera's attorney asked for 20 years, followed by probation, citing her lack of a criminal record.
The judge delivered his sentence on Tuesday.