Drunk Driver Sentenced for Manslaughter

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM EDT

21 year old Brigid Walsh was sentenced in court Tuesday morning. She didn't get the maximum sentence of 7 years in prison.
Walsh receiving 6 months at the Erie County Holding Center for vehicular manslaughter and 4 months for a DWI charge, to run concurrently. She will serve that sentence on weekends, Friday evening until Sunday evening. Following that she will have 5 years of probation.

Walsh will also lose her driver's licence for a year and will have to present programs to high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Prosecutors say Walsh crashed her car on the Kensington Expressway in Buffalo back in February. Her passenger, 18 year old Erika Hoerner, was thrown from the car and killed. She was the only one in the car not wearing a seat belt. Hoerner's blood alcohol level was point 2. Walsh, the driver, had a blood alcohol of point 1-4 at the time of the crash.

In court, a tearful Walsh apologized for what she did and that she takes full responsibility for making that fateful decision to drive drunk that night. Hoerner's mother Linda and uncle Steve also spoke, stopping at times to weep, saying they want the maximum sentence for Walsh. The victim's family not happy with the 6 month sentencing. "Not enough," her mother said after court.

Walsh's sentence will start this weekend.