20 years in prison

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The woman who killed a man on the Causeway Bridge when she had been driving drunk has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Olivia Matte took the stand before sentencing and gave an emotional apology to the family in a tear filled church.

The judge sentenced the 28-year-old Thursday afternoon at a Jefferson Parish court.

Matte needed a blood alcohol level of .216 — almost 3 times the legal limit — after she slammed into James Blackmond’s pickup truck, sending him careening into the guardrail on the bridge.

The railing pierced the glass murdering Blackmond.

Matte was arrested, and it was her third DWI in only nine months.

Just before she was sentenced she took the stand and cried as she apologized to Blackmond’s family.

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