A McAllen woman will serve 50 years for five counts of intoxication manslaughter after pleading guilty Thursday in a Cameron County courtroom.
Margaret Gil, 33, was in tears as she spoke with Judge Elia C. Lopez, of the 404th state District Court, ahead of her guilty plea, which was part of a plea deal struck with the state. Gil was originally due in court for a motion filed seeking to change the venue of her trial, but that motion was scrapped when the state made an offer to Gil and her attorney, Rigoberto Flores Jr.
Gil pleaded guilty to all five counts and received four, 20-year sentences and one 10-year sentence. Two pairs of the 20-year sentences will be served concurrently, amounting to 40 years of prison time. The 10-year sentence will be added to the sentence, making for a total of 50 years.
Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz, who was present at the proceedings, said although Gil will be up for parole in 25 years, he is confident the severity of her crimes and the finding of the use of a deadly weapon will keep her incarcerated beyond her first parole opportunity.
Gil was accused in the deaths of five people who perished during or after a traffic accident caused when she was behind the wheel of a 2006 Toyota Rav4 near Los Fresnos on June 30, 2013. One victim, Carmela Sanchez, 43, of Santa Rosa, was in the passenger seat of the Rav4 when Gil veered into the eastbound lane of Highway 100 and struck a 2013 Toyota Corolla head on.
The driver of the Corolla, Edward Gomez, 32; his wife, Erika Davila, 32; their daughter, Kamilla Gomez, 3; and niece Julexy Alvarez, 13, were killed in the accident.
An affidavit from the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Gil’s blood-alcohol content level was 0.192, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.
Alvarez’ mother, who is also the sister of Davila, spoke after Gil’s sentencing.
She talked about each of the victims, moving Gil and nearly everyone else in the courtroom to tears. She then turned to Judge Lopez and thanked her for justice.
“I’m very sorry,” Gil said, tearfully.
The plea deal assures there will be no appeal.