Man gets 60 years in drunken crash that killed wife, other woman

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 2:21pm

Longview, TX — Seven years after a Longview drunken driving wreck that killed two women, Jamie Lee Coker on Tuesday was tried and sentenced on two counts of intoxication manslaughter and three counts of intoxication assault.

Coker had agreed to plead guilty to the charges in 2005, but days before his sentencing, the former construction worker skipped town, fleeing to Mexico.

He was found this past summer, hiding in the slums of Cancun and, was returned to Gregg County to be tried for his role in the deaths of his wife, Sonya Coker, and 74-year old Martha Wallace.

Prosecutors told 188th District Judge David Brabham that Coker was drunk when he and his wife left Mom’s Biker Bar a short time before the pickup he was driving crossed the median in the 4500 block of West Marshall Avenue and slammed into an oncoming car driven by Joe Wallace, killing his mother, Martha Wallace.

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