A 42-year-old LaPlace woman who killed three people and an unborn child in a drunken-driving accident last year in Norco was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison.
Jennifer Englade pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide, one count of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and one count of third-degree feticide.
Judge Emile St. Pierre, of the 29th Judicial District Court in Hahnville, handed down the sentence.
The first five years of the prison term are to be served without probation or parole. Englade was credited with time served in jail since her arrest.
In the early morning hours of May 26, 2013, Englade was speeding northbound on Airline Highway in St. Charles Parish when her 2006 Pontiac G6 crossed a raised median and collided head-on with a 2001 Honda Civic driven by Romishe Mejia-Fequier, 23, of Harvey.
Both drivers lost control of their vehicles, and three people were killed: Mejia-Fequier; 20-year old Esther Centeno, of Bridge City, who was thrown from Mejia-Fequier’s vehicle; and Joshua Jones, 29, of Sulphur, who was thrown from Englade’s vehicle.
Centeno was six months pregnant at the time.
Another passenger was trapped in Mejia-Fequier’s car and had to be pried out. He sustained multiple injuries.
After the wreck, St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputies found several broken beer bottles in Englade’s car and noticed that she “had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath,” according to an arrest report. Toxicology reports showed that her blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit for driving. They also revealed amphetamine and cocaine in her system at the time of the accident.
As part of the sentence, St. Pierre ordered Englade, who already had been arrested on multiple occasions for driving under the influence, to undergo substance abuse treatment while incarcerated.