LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - A South Florida man who pleaded guilty to a DUI accident that killed his wife while the two were having sex was sentenced to five years in prison.
Matthew Notebaert of Loxahatchee had earlier plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving in the 2014 crash that killed his wife, Amanda.
The Palm Beach Post reports Notebaert was drunk and high on marijuana when he drove his SUV into a canal embankment near the couple's home.
Amanda Notebaert, who died at the scene, was riding on her husband's lap and was naked from the waist down at the time of the accident.
In his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Notebaert said the couple began drinking while at a concert to mark his wife's first night out after giving birth to their second child.
Notebaert said all he remembers of the accident is waking up next to his dead wife's body.
Three hours after the accident, Notebaert was found to have a blood alcohol level of .149, twice the legal amount to drive.
Notebaert's attorney had asked for her client to receive probation, but Circuit Judge Laura Johnson took the 33-year-old's previous felony charges of cocaine possession, burglary and grand theft into account when announcing her sentence.
"This isn't your first chance. You've been to jail before. You've been on probation," Johnson said, according to the Post, adding: “You failed your wife. You failed your children and you failed all your family that is here today."
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