FROM STAFF REPORTS
LLANO — A 30-year-old Burnet woman pleaded guilty July 10 to intoxication manslaughter and received a 13-year prison sentence for her actions that led to the death of her 4-year-old son.
Officials said Bobbie Jo Aull was driving under the influence of methamphetamines when she crashed her pickup truck Feb. 18, 2013, on Texas 16 just north of the Llano city limits. At the time, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers recovered “baggies of crystal methamphetamine and needles” at the crash site, according to DPS officials.
Aull’s son, Andrew, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Toxicology on the mother tested positive for amphetamines and methamphetamines, DPS officials said.
Llano County Assistant District Attorney Stacy Burke said Aull faced a possibility of 20 years in prison but pleaded guilty and accepted the 13-year term. Though the woman might not have intended to kill her son that day, Burke said Aull made decisions leading up to the fatal accident and the child’s death.
“She certainly made some very bad choices: one, to engage in the use of narcotics to begin with; and second, to drive while under the influence of those narcotics,” Burke said. “Her other son (Andrew’s twin) lost a sibling at a very young age.”