Honors student gets 15 years for DWI death

Car on wrong side hit piano teacher's vehicle head-on.

By Craig Kapitan, San Antonio Express News

Updated 10:08 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2011

A Sam Houston State University honors student who authorities said left a San Antonio Chili's restaurant two years ago with a blood-alcohol level of nearly four times the legal limit was ordered Monday to serve 15 years in prison.

Bethany Leigh Denman, 25, made an open no-contest plea in September on an intoxication manslaughter charge in the death of piano teacher Amy Meron, whose vehicle was hit head-on in February 2010 as Denman drove on the wrong side of Vance Jackson Road.

The somewhat rare open plea meant state District Judge Sid Harle had the full range of punishment — from probation up to 20 years in prison — at his disposal during Monday's hearing.

Meron's husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and her two sons declined to give victim impact statements after Harle announced the sentence.

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