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Drunk driver gets 15 years for killing 2 year old


A mother speaks out after the trial of the man who killed her two year old daughter while drunk driving.

David Michael Martin is sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine in the 54th District Court of McLennan County. Martin was convicted the day before of intoxication manslaughter after the death of Ivyana Shepherd on October 15, 2011. Martin drove into the vehicle Ivyana and her grandfather were in on Bagby Ave. and Corporation Parkway. The two year old Ivyana was killed. The grandfather and Martin were sent to the hospital but recovered.

In an emotional testimony Otamia Shepherd took the stand Thursday morning. Shortly after Martin also testified, telling the family that he's sorry. In an effort to show how serious the crime was, a prosecutor also asked Martin if he thought someone driving 88 mph, with a 0.32 BAC and killed a two year old was an egregious crime. Martin said it was.

Martin also testified he was very depressed before the accident. He says he seeked out help for that depression as well as anxiety and alcoholism.

Otamia Shepherd said after the trial it was hard to take the stand after thinking of what to say for 20 months.

"I've never seen him in person, I've only seen him on the news so having to be face to face with him, it was scary," Shepherd said.

She says she is happy with the punishment of 15 years. However, she would've liked for Martin to get the full 20 years allowed for a 2nd degree felony Martin was charged.

"My baby was two. In 20 years she would've been 22. 20 years is not enough for taking a life, let alone 15," Shepherd said.

Four family members, including Shepherd, gave victim impact statements after the trial talking directly to Martin. Members said Martin has ruined their family, but some did say they forgive him.

"We forgive but a lot of this we will never forget," Otamia's husband David Shepherd said. "We have to learn how to live with a lot of this. This is basically life after death and we have to learn how to live life after death."

The family says they have been severely impacted by what happened even having to move from their home since it reminded them of Ivyana.

"Everything that we saved to get the house we lost because it was either you continue staying there in that house or you just lose all the money you put in," Otamia Shepherd said.

Shepherd also says she couldn't even drive on Bagby for a year because it reminded her of the crash.

Shepherd also says they have gotten justice, but it's not over. Martin will be eligible for parole in seven years and six months, and she says she will be in every parole meeting.

"I will definitely be there every time he goes up for parole, he will definitely serve the 15 years," Shepherd said.

Shepherd's second daughter was born the day before the accident. She says her daughter is what's kept her going since the accident.

Martin's mother also spoke out saying he was a very good person. She also says Martin is sincerely, sincerely sorry.

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