Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Florida’s “Pothead Princess” who grabbed national headlines after tweeting “2 Drunk 2 Care” before causing a fatal drunken driving accident learned her fate this
Kayla Mendoza, now 22, was sentenced to 24 years in prison and 6 months of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of murder, CBS Miami reported. Under state law, Mendoza will not be eligible for release until for the next twenty years.
In February, Mendoza pleaded guilty to two charges of intoxicated manslaughter. She asked for mercy from the court after apologizing for the crash. Those pleas obviously did nothing to sway the judge in her case.
Mendoza, who dubbed herself the “Pothead Princess,” was heavily intoxicated in November of 2013 when she slammed head-on into a vehicle carrying Kaitlyn Ferrante and her friend Marisa Catronio on the Sawgrass Parkway. Catronio was pronounced dead on the scene; Ferrante survived the initial crash, but died days later.
At the time of her arrest, Mendoza’s blood alcohol content was .15 and tests later revealed she had marijuana in her blood stream.
Mendoza, who was underage at the time of the crash had been out drinking with coworkers and sent several tweets about her state of intoxication including the infamous “2 Drunk 2 Care” tweet. She has long maintained that tweet was a message to her boyfriend and didn’t mean she intended to drink and drive or harm anyone.
Mendoza was seriously injured in the accident.
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