Fort Bend County District
Carlos Amescua was sentenced to 30
years in prison on November 28, 2018 in an agreement with prosecutors after
pleading guilty to Intoxication Manslaughter and 20 years on each of three
counts of Intoxication Assault. The 36-year-old Rosenberg man was indicted
for killing a teenager and seriously injuring three others after running a red
light while intoxicated last year.
According to the Assistant District Attorney Thomas Pfeiffer,
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Rodriguez was traveling southbound on
State Highway 6 at 2:30 a.m. on March 19, 2017.
As he approached the intersection of Hwy. 6 and Vicksburg Boulevard, he
witnessed a vehicle collision after a white SUV disregarded a red light. The suspect driver was identified as Carlos
The impact of
the collision killed 19-year-old Cayle Symone Simple and badly injured three
alcohol content was later determined to be .189 – over twice the legal limit in
Texas. Amescua has prior alcohol-related
convictions for driving while intoxicated and public intoxication.
District Attorney Thomas Pfeiffer prosecuted the case. Pfeiffer stated, “As the holidays approach,
it is my hope that people will consider this tragic case before deciding to
drive while intoxicated. I think the
sentence speaks for itself. Do not drive
while intoxicated in Fort Bend County.”
prosecuted in the 458th District Court. Because Amescua
has a prior felony conviction for assaulting a public servant, the second-degree felony Intoxication Manslaughter was enhanced
to the first-degree punishment range of 5-99 years or life in prison and a fine
up to $10,000. The third-degree felony Intoxication
Assault in this case was also enhanced to a range of 2-20 years in prison and a
fine up to $10,000. Because the court
ruled that the defendant’s car was a deadly weapon, he must serve at least
one-half of his sentences before he is eligible for parole.