Woman gets 24 years in prison in fatal crash after drunk tweet

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A South Florida woman who tweeted about being drunk minutes before a fatal wrong-way crash has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

A Broward County judge also said 22-year-old Kayla Mendoza will remain on probation for six years after her release. Mendoza pleaded guilty in February to two DUI manslaughter charges in the November 2013 crash that killed Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio, both 21.

Evidence showed that Mendoza tweeted out “2 drunk 2 care” before the Sawgrass Expressway accident. Authorities later said her blood-alcohol level was almost twice Florida’s legal limit. She had been out drinking with co-workers prior to the crash.

Mendoza had faced a maximum of 30 years behind bars.

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