Waco: Man who drank, took meth before deadly crash sentenced

Shelby Schroeder. (Jail photo)
Shelby Schroeder. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 1:39 PM CDT
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A Waco man who drank and took methamphetamine before a crash that left two people dead in March is headed to prison.

Shelby Lee Schroeder, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in state district court in Waco to two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the March 30 accident.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each count, but will serve the sentences concurrently.

He’ll first be eligible for parole in 10 years.

An 18-year-old who was a passenger in the SUV that Schroeder was driving when he ran a stop sign early in the morning on March 30 northeast of Axtell said Schroeder had been drinking beer and “had used speed approximately 20 minutes before the crash” that claimed the lives of Belinda Sanabria, 55, and Matias Mendoza Sanabria, 50, both of San Antonio, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The Sanabrias were eastbound in a Hyundai sedan on State Highway 31 at around 3 a.m. on March 30 when Schroeder, who was driving a GMC SUV south on FM 2311 ran the stop sign, authorities said.

The SUV struck the Hyundai, killing the Sanabrias.

According to an arrest affidavit,Schroeder also tampered with evidence, furnished alcohol to a minor and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit, and his blood contained methamphetamine.

Investigators found “multiple closed beers” in the immediate vicinity of Schroeder’s SUV, the affidavit says and “an open box labeled as a 30-pack of Busch beer.”

The teenage passenger said he and Schroeder “had thrown the beers to try to hide them from police.”

Schroeder admitted to investigators he ran the stop sign and that he drank four beers before the crash.

Schroeder was on probation at the time of the deadly accident.

He was indicted for injury to a child in November 2017 and in October 2018 was placed on three years’ deferred adjudication probation, fined $1,500 and was ordered to undergo alcohol evaluation and treatment and attend parenting classes, court records showed.

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