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Texas man sentenced in crash that killed two people from Lincoln

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Sheila Cronk and Justin Springer Sheila Cronk and Justin Springer


By: Cole Miller
cmiller@klkntv.com

15 months after killing two people from Lincoln, a drunk driver is sentenced in Texas. The crash happened last February just outside of Houston.

Pictures and memories are the only things Janet Cronk has left of her daughter Sheila. Last year, Sheila and her friend Justin Springer, both 25-years-old, were driving down a Texas highway.
 
"They were pretty happy-go-lucky," Cronk said.

"They liked to have fun. They were always going somewhere."

February 26th, just outside of Houston Roy Armstrong hit them head on. He was drunk and driving on the wrong side of the road when he plowed into their car.

Sheila and Justin both died that night.

"It's just such a waste. I mean, they were down there for a friend's wedding."

On Wednesday, Armstrong pleaded guilty to two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and he was sentenced up to 18 years in prison.

Janet was there as the judge made his decision.

"I was a little disappointed," Cronk said.

"He could've gotten two to 20 years for each count. It was like he was sentenced for one person."

The Texas court ruled that Armstrong's car was a deadly weapon, therefore he must serve at least half of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.

Janet says Sheila was just starting a career as a nurse with Madonna here in Lincoln. Justin was going back to college. Both had bright futures that were cut short because of some else's bad decision. 
 
 
Janet says what upsets her most is that after the accident, Armstrong was released on bail and was never in prison.

Sheila would be 27-years-old this September; Justin in June.

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