Face to face with the family of the man she killed

By Philippe Djegal - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An intoxicated Angela Kay Daniels ran 20-year-old Chris O'Leary over with her suburban. Now, Daniels has plead guilty to manslaughter.

"While in college he saw how expensive the gas was and wanted to get a motorcycle to save money on gas," said Merri O'Leary Walsh. "So he got a job at Harley Davidson in College Station and bought a motorcycle against my better judgement. How I fought with him about that motorcycle."

Sometimes staring silently and sometimes breaking up with emotion. Angela Kay Daniels listened to O'Leary's family before being sentenced to 45 years in prison with the possibility of parole.

"My son was my shadow," said Thomas O'Leary. "My best friend. My heart. Today, you received your sentence, is it enough?"

Daniels is a repeat offender, and the prosecutor said she's had plenty of chances to change her life.

"She has had four probations," said Joe Murphy. "Three rehabs. Five stints in jail. One year in prison and one parole. This is somebody that is not going to change. I didn't know this young man, but I can tell you that he would have made decisions that would have benefited others from what I do know about him. She made decisions too and her decisions stole him."

The prosecution asked for life with a $10,000 fine. The defense was hoping for 20 years.

"No degree or amount or length of sentence in this case will bring Mr. O'Leary back to his family," said Judge Christi Kennedy.

So, where does the O'Leary family go from here?

"You just put one foot in front of the other," said Merri O'Leary Wallace. "That's all you can do."

Chris O'Leary was a student at Texas A & M. His family said he wanted to be a mechanical engineer.

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