Ex-Fort Sam policeman sentenced in intoxication case that killed Adkins couple in 2016 crash
A former Fort Sam Houston police officer was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday for intoxication manslaughter in a 2016 head-on crash that killed an Adkins couple and injured two of their children.
Justin Fey was 49 when he was arrested after the fatal crash in Southeast Bexar County on Oct. 22, 2016.
According to reports, Fey was driving his pickup on Loop 1604 that morning when he came upon a slower-moving vehicle in the 200 block of East Loop 1604 South.
As he attempted to pass it, Fey’s pickup hit an SUV head-on. Killed were Jose Angel Arias, 36, and his wife, Rosa Maria Arias, 39. Three of the couple’s four children were in the SUV; two of them were treated at University Hospital for their injuries, as well as Fey. The ages of the children were not immediately available.
Fey, now 51, was expected to go to trial this week on two counts of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of intoxication assault and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — his car.
But on Friday, he pleaded no contest to all the charges during a hearing before state District Judge Kevin O’Connell.
After reviewing the records, O’Connell found him guilty on all charges.
Several members of the Arias family filled the gallery of the 227th state District Court, many of them wearing T-shirts with a photo of the victims.
Facing Fey in the courtroom in front of the jury box and near the judge, prosecutor Lorina Rummel read to the defendant from letters written by the Arias children — including the two who were hurt in the crash — as Fey looked at the floor.
“I’ll never get my mom and dad back; nothing will ever make this better,” Rummel read as relatives beside her wept. “You left four children orphans; we have had to struggle, knowing you murdered two wonderful people.”
Jose Arias’ sister, Maribel Arias, and her husband, adopted her brother’s four children. She told Fey one of the hardest things after learning of her brother’s and sister-in-law’s deaths was having to break the news to his children and hers.
“I hope you rot in prison because no matter what you tell yourself, you murdered two people,” Maribel Arias said.
Court records indicate the Arias family has filed a civil suit against Fey.
Fey had been arrested on a public intoxication charge in New Braunfels in 2015, according to officials.
He was sentenced to the maximum of 20 years on each of the intoxication manslaughter charges, which will be served at the same time. He received 10-year terms on each of the intoxication charges, which will be served consecutively. All told, he faces 40 years in prison.
Because there was an affirmative finding of assault with a deadly weapon — Fey’s car — he will have to serve at least 20 years in prison until he would be eligible for parole.
At the time of the crash, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office officials said Fey was a Department of the Air Force civilian police sergeant who supervised the midnight shift of the 502nd Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
According to Todd White, director of public affairs and communications at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Fey has been on “indefinite suspension” since July 2018. While he remains “on the books,” White said Fey was not receiving pay.
Staff Writer Sig Christensen contributed to this report.
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