Convicted drunk driver denied parole in teen's death

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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Christopher Boyd
Officials say Christopher Boyd will not be released

CYPRESS, TX (KTRK) -- The man convicted in the drunk driving death of a 22-year-old woman in Cypress has been denied parole.

Thomas Christopher Boyd was three times the legal limit when he drove drunk, killing Krysta Rodriguez in 2010.

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In an Eyewitness News exclusive last night, Krysta's family said they feared Boyd would be released after serving just five years of his eight-year prison sentence.

City of Houston victim's advocate Andy Kahan told abc13 that for now, Boyd will remain behind bars after his request for parole was denied by The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Under the law, intoxication manslaughter is not considered a violent offense like rape or murder. Those cases can be set off for up to five years by the parole board.

Kahan says he plans to propose legislation that will allow the parole board discretion in intoxication manslaughter cases, as well.

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