PEARLAND, Texas — A 40-year-old Houston-area woman convicted of intoxication manslaughter for a crash that killed a Pearland police officer last year has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.
Prosecutors asked a Brazoria County jury Thursday to give Amber Willemsen, of Friendswood, at least 40 years for the June 2016 death of Officer Endy Ekpanya. Defense lawyers asked for probation.
Evidence showed Willemsen was driving on the wrong side of a road and that her blood alcohol content was more than twice the Texas legal limit of 0.08 when she collided head-on with his patrol car.
The former assistant principal who worked in a Houston strip club was free on bond on a drug charge at the time. Records show in 2014 she completed two years’ probation for another drunken driving case.