Nocona woman sentenced to 20-years in intoxication manslaughter trial

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Two Wichita County mothers said justice is served after a Nocona woman is sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with a fatal crash that ended the lives of two Texoma men.

Officers took Terri Sanders out of the Montague County courthouse after learning her sentence of a combined 20-years for the deaths of Brent Winkler and Kyle Kemp and for seriously injuring Jackson

Pennington in a car accident more than three years ago.

Brent and Kyle’s mothers along with Pennington stood with each other after a sentence Kelli Patterson thought would never come.

“I was very shocked, but, I am very very pleased and it fit the crime,” Patterson said. “I’m overwhelmed. I’m overjoyed. I just want to thank God because my faith was not really in the justice system it was always in God and God alone. But, He prevailed today.”

Despite a warrantless blood draw being thrown out, 97th District Attorney Casey Polhemus said why she wanted to take it to trial again.

“I cared about the case, and I believe in justice,” Polhemus said. “I believed in this case. I believed these victims deserved their day in court.”

Polhemus said she couldn’t have done it without the help of Special Prosecutor John Gillespie who will soon be taking over the Wichita County DA’s office come January.

“He has a lot of experience, and I knew this was going to be a tough case, especially when we lost the appeal,” Polhemus said.

During witness impact statements, Patterson read from the Bible, which she said has helped her through this. She also said why she’s forgiven sanders.

“If I don’t forgive her, I can’t spend eternity with my son,” Patterson said. “And that’s where he is.”

Though the verdict cannot bring back the two 20-year-old’s Kyle Kemp’s mother believes Sanders received the punishment she deserves.

“Justice prevailed,” Patterson said.

Sanders is expected to appeal the ruling and possibly be out on bond as early as Tuesday.

The appeals process could take between from six months to a year.

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