Drunk driver sentenced to 10 years; may get out in 6 months or less

Last year, a woman TMs life was cut short by a drunk driver.

Wednesday, he was sentenced, but the family is not satisfied with the outcome.

The last year and a half has been an emotional rollercoaster for Dalia Morin TMs family as they try to come to terms with her untimely death.

Elena Luna lost her sister Dalia Morin to a drunk driving accident in April of last year in Progresso.

"Be careful with your families because this is happening every weekend," said Luna.

Wednesday morning, Luna addressed Refugio Esqueda, the man convicted of taking Dalia's life.

She spoke of Dalia's warm spirit and how she was always ready to help people during difficult times.

"We can't bring her back," said Dalia TMs youngest sister Veronica Carranza. "I used to think that the worst kind of nightmare you could have is that somebody died, but the worse nightmare you could have is that you dream somebody died and you wake up and it's so."

Carranza said she hopes her sister didn't die in vain.

"We're hoping that the public raises awareness about drunken driving that the police do their work and that people don't have to suffer through this again like we did," said Carranza.

Esqueda was sentenced to 10 years with the possibility of parole.

"Now he's got the possibility of coming back, and I anticipate he will be released in the next 3, 4 or 5 months," said Rick Salinas, Esqueda TMs attorney.

Dalia's family doesn't believe justice has been served.

"I honestly believe that because it's a habitual crime, he's going to come back and do the same thing again," said Luna.

But Luna said justice will come when he's in the afterlife.

Dalia TMs family said it only takes an instant for a drunk driver to destroy an entire family TMs life.

They ask that if you drink, that you have a designated driver.

To receive information on how you can get support if you have a family member or friend that is a victim of drunk driving, call the Rio Grande Valley office for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at (956) 682-5928 or go to