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Longview Teen Gets Nine Years in Prison

To many in a Longview courtroom today, it was an astonishing sentence-- prison time for a 17 year old girl. Natalie White was sixteen years old back in August when she was involved in a wreck that killed 18-year-old Lauren Fraizer. She later pled guilty to intoxicated manslaughter. Apparently, she was driving drunk at the time of the accident.

After a day and a half of testimony from character witnesses, family and friends on both sides, it fell upon a jury to decide whether to send 17-year-old Natalie White to prison for intoxication manslaughter.

"I just wanted to say that I'm sorry, I never got a chance to say that to you, that I'm sorry, I can't put into words how sorry I am," a tearful White said, addressing the Fraizer family from the witness stand.

White's attorney made no excuses for her part in the August drunk driving accident that took Lauren Fraizer's life, but argued that prison would be devastating for a 17-year-old. But prosecutor Bill Jennings argued that age was irrelevant, and responsibility falls upon all ages.

"There's always an excuse why consequences shouldn't be imposed, this is just another, I submit to you that age is not one of them," said Jennings.

In the end , the jury decided there was only one choice. The verdict was 9 years in prison for White. For Frazier's family, it wasn't revenge... it was justice.

"We do forgive Natalie White for what she has done, but it is necessary that she take full responsibility and that the consequences of her choices be carried out," said Laurens's  father Wayne Fraizer.

Bob Hallmark reporting.

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