Drunk driver gets 10 years in plea for killing 68-year-old woman

Filiberto Trevino Jr.

They swap stories, share memories and find comfort together in knowing the man who's taken the matriarch of the Trevino family away will spend a decade behind bars.

"It's just been really hard the last 3-and-a-half years," Filiberto Trevino Jr. said.

January 15th, 2010 is when their world turns upside down.

Luis Casanova is the drunk driver who was nearly three times the legal limit when he hit Maria Louisa Trevino and left her to die.

The 68-year-old was killed while doing yard work outside her own home in Brownsville on Morningside Road.

"The Trevino family, who is now a stronger family than before, will continue to celebrate our mother's life," Filiberto said while reading the victim's impact statement in court.

Filiberto said his family was united in court Monday morning when they address the 29-year-old for the very first time in the 404th State District Court.

The suspect pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter in exchange for a 10 year sentence.

He faced up to 30 years behind bars and had another arrest for DWI pending.

Filiberto said it's about closure for his family.

"Our family has gone through so much emotionally, mentally... It's amazing how your body reacts to the pain and suffering," he explained. "When he finally admitted to being guilty and having caused that accident and my mother's death, I think that's a small victory we celebrated today."

Maria will be remembered as the rock of the family.

And that's something Filiberto said Luis Casanova could never take away.

"Hopefully we can just move on and live from this experience that we've just gone through and we're still going through."

Luis Casanova told the family in court that he's sorry from the bottom of his heart.

He'll get to see his 1-year-old daughter again.

The Trevino's will never see their mother again.

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