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Tampa man sentenced to 15 years for 2010 DUI manslaughter

TAMPA — A judge sentenced a 23-year-old Tampa man to 15 years in prison followed by probation Monday in a drunk-driving case that left three people dead in 2010.

Ernest Smith III had pleaded guilty to three counts of DUI manslaughter in the deaths of Walter and Dione Givens and Helen Cummings. According to police, Smith was drunk and speeding when his car collided with that of the victims in September 2010.

Smith could have faced at least three decades in prison if he had been convicted after a trial, according to his defense attorney, Richard Escobar of Tampa.

Tampa man sentenced to 15 years for 2010 DUI manslaughter 02/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, February 17, 2014 7:37pm]

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