Will serve 180 days in jail, have 10 years probation and must pay $4K in restitution

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A 23-year-old Benavides man was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation Thursday, in connection with the death of a Freer high school student.

Rene Armando Charo, 23, was sentenced by Judge Alex Gabert in the 229th District Court Thursday. According to court officials, he will serve 180 days in jail, although he will be released during the college semester until his school is completed.

He is also required to pay $4,000 in restitution to his victims.

Following the completion of his 180 day sentence, he will be placed on probation for 10 years.

Should he violate the terms of that probation, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections, officials said.

During the sentencing hearing, Jennifer Lichtenberger, the sister of Amanda Lichtenberger, who was killed in the accident, spoke about the difficulty of living without her sister.

Charo also spoke during the hearing and accepted responsibility for the accident and apologized to the victim's family.

In August, a Duval County jury returned two guilty verdicts in the case against Charo.

He was convicted of intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter in connection with a vehicle accident that occurred during the early morning hours of May 17, 2003.

That accident, which occurred on Highway 359 between Freer and Benavides, resulted in injuries to Roxanne Luna and the death of Amanda Celeste Lichtenberger.