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Families React To Whitefield Verdict

 "It's the judgement of this court that you be sentenced to 8 years confinement in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice," said 30th District Court Judge Bob Brotherton. 

The sentence came after former Wichita Falls police officer Teddie Whitefield was found guilty of 3 counts of Manslaughter. 

Whitefield was on duty behind the wheel of his police cruiser on June 30, 2011 when his car sped down Jacksboro Highway. A Pontiac Grand Am was crossing the street when Whitefield's patrol car slammed into it. Yeni Lopez, her unborn child and Gloria Montoya were killed in that crash. 

"We are happy with justice, but you know it's going to take us a little time to process the 8 years," said Lacy Aguilar, Gloria Montoya's sister. 

"I'm just not agreeing with just 8 years," says Gloria's sister Veronica Montoya. "I mean, that's like what, 2 years and a couple of months for each one?"

The families involved in this case are both upset. For the family of Teddie Whitefield, they are sad their loved one will be behind bars. For the victim's families, it's a different type of grieving. 

"I think our frustrations at the sentencing were to hear his family being upset, and that's understandable," said Aguilar. "But, they get to see him and we don't get to see ours."

"For Christmas, for Thanksgiving, they can hear at least his voice or see him through glass that's something we go to a cemetery and do," said Montoya.

Lacy and Veronica both lost a sister in that crash. They also lost a cousin and her baby. It's something they can't get back no matter what happens. Now that the trial is over there is some closure for them.

"I'm just glad some type of justice was served," said Montoya.

"It's a big relief," says Aguilar. "Now we can, I'm not saying get on with our normal lives, but you know learn how to get on to normalcy."

Chris Horgen, Newschannel 6
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