DENTON (AP) – A repeat drunken driver who plowed his car into another vehicle on Easter morning, killing a Texas woman and her teenage daughter, has pleaded guilty.
Thirty-year-old John Patrick Barton pleaded guilty Monday in Denton to two counts of murder and three counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle. Barton, who did not have a plea agreement, faces up to life in prison in the sentencing phase, which was underway Tuesday afternoon.
Barton’s attorney, Derek Adame, told a North Texas newspaper that the plea was “something Johnny wanted to do to accept responsibility.”
With the plea, Barton acknowledged driving drunk during the April 4 accident that killed 33-year-old Kandace Hull and 13-year-old Autumn Caudle of Argyle. Barton was reportedly going 134 miles an hour when he hit the family’s car, killing the mother and daughter and injuring three other family members.
Barton has three other DWI convictions since 1997.
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