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Man sentenced to 20 years for young mother's death
JEFFERSON COUNTY - A Judge has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for a collision that killed a mother and her young son.
Judge Layne Walker sentenced Ines Legarda late Tuesday afternoon to the maximum 20 years for manslaughter.
Testimony began Tuesday morning. The jury convicted Legarda in the death of Alyssa Holtzclaw. He faces another manslaughter charge and the possibility of a future trial in the death of her nine month old son Jacob Tucker.
Holtzclaw worked at Christus hospital Saint Elizabeth. She was taking the child to her grandparents' home January 16th of 2011 when Legarda crashed into her car on the Pine Island Bayou Bridge.
Troopers say Legarda was traveling west on Highway 105 near the bridge when he crossed into her lane and struck Holtzclaw.
Legarda ran away and then got someone to pick him up and drive away him to Winnie. Investigators found him hours later and arrested him.
Family members waited two years and ten months to walk into Judge Layne Walkers courtroom for the manslaughter trial.
Holtzclaw's mother, Carolyn Patters, remembers the day in 2011 when she learned of her daughter's death.
He said it was Alyssa and the baby had been killed in a car accident and I went to pieces, I fell on the floor, said Patterson.
She's tried to remain strong.
I knew I had to ask for god's help to get through this, said Patterson.
Holtzclaw's mother say she's helped bring comfort to the rest of her family especially her daughter's husband and the couple's two other young children.
It's been very hard for Alyssa's husband who misses her so very much and every time he's around with the boys, mothers day birthday, and mommies not there. Hes reminded what happened because of Mr. Legardas carelessness, said Patterson.
Carolyn Patterson believes Ines Legarda was scared when ran away from the scene of the collision and got someone to drive him to Winnie.
But he should have looked, he was wrong and he made bad choices, said Patterson.
Patterson hopes others learn from Legarda's actions and how it impacted her family.
It's not till our hearts change, that all of these bad things in oru society are going to change, said Patterson.
Legarda's manslaughter trial for the death of Jacob Tucker Holtzclaw is scheduled for November 3rd.