An Orange City woman sat in a courtroom recently, holding back tears as she apologized. Repeatedly. She struggled for months to find the right words that might bring healing. But when the crime involves the loss of two sisters due to the reckless actions of a drunk driver, words are bound to fail.
The surviving family of the two Daytona Beach sisters, ages 57 and 59, questioned her sincerity, wondering whether her grief had more to do with the loss of the next 20 years of her own life. Ultimately, a judge sentenced the 31-year-old to 20 years in prison after she accepted a plea deal. That sentence will be followed by 10 years probation. Had she been convicted at trial, she faced up to 30 years for two counts of DUI causing death, a second-degree felony.