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Man gets 15 years for manslaughter in death of child
JEFFERSON COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel
A man could spend 35 years behind bars for killing a mother and her young son.
Only a couple of weeks ago, Judge Layne Walker sentenced Ines LeGarda to 20 years for manslaughter in the death of Alyssa Holtzclaw.
Monday, the judge sentenced him to 15 years on the same charge for killing her ten-month-old boy.
Judge Walker said a conscious decision by LeGarda forever changed two families.
State troopers say LeGarda was traveling west on highway 105 near the Pine Island Bayou Bridge in January of 2011, when he crossed into Holtzclaw's lane and struck her car.
Holtzclaw was taking her son to his grandparents' home before she went to work at Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth.
LeGarda walked away and then got someone to pick him up and drive him to Winnie.
Investigators found him hours later and arrested him.
Todd Holtzclaw is left to raise two sons without his wife.
During his plea today in court LeGarda apologized and said he knew nothing would bring back Alyssa holtzclaw and her son.
Legarda's lawyers say he's gone to bible study while in jail.
Holtzclaw family members say LeGarda could have made the decision to stop and help the mother and child.
Judge walker agreed, telling him the decision to walk away and not help a baby that was losing his life was something he would have to deal with.
JEFFERSON COUNTY - A judge has sentenced a defendant to 15 years for manslaughter in a case that led to a separate, 20 year sentence about two weeks ago.
Judge Layne Walker sentenced Ines Legarda Monday after Legarda pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Jacob Tucker.
Two weeks ago a jury in Walker's court convicted Legarda in the death of Alyssa Holtzclaw, Jacob's mother.
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.