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Man sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty for fatal DWI crash

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George Rodriguez is charged with intoxication manslaughter. George Rodriguez is charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Two Flour Bluff families, brought together by tragedy, hear the sentence of the man accused of killing their sons.

Judge Inna Klein (214th District Court) handed George Rodriguez, a former Beeville corrections officer, his sentence of 20 years in prison.

Investigators say back in March of 2000, Rodriguez was driving on the wrong side of I-37 when he hit a vehicle head-on killing Charles Avalos and Steven Jackson, who were both 17-years old.

Rodriguez disappeared after failing to show up for a court hearing in 2002.

He was found last year in Piedras Negras, Mexico just across the border from Eagle Pass.

Relatives of the victims had strong words towards Rodriguez.

Avalos mother told Rodriguez "No, we're supposed to forgive, because I'm a Christian person, but I do not forgive you right now, as far as I'm concerned, you can rot in hell or in prison."
"But, you are not going give me the satisfaction of being sad anymore, because now, I know you will pay, and I will go to the cemetery, and tell my son we have justice and closure, after 18 years, and you're nothing but a coward."

Rodriquez pleads guilty to the two counts of intoxication manslaughter; the other charges were dropped as part of a deal.

Story updated to reflect Judge Inna Klein handed down the sentence.

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