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Alpha Phi Alpha Member Sentenced in Drunk Driving Case



A 21-year-old former North Carolina State University student will spend two years in prison for drunk driving.

Devin Dryan Smith, who pled guilty to felony death by vehicle and driving while intoxicated, was sentenced to 24 to 38 months in prison for killing 20-year-old construction worker Eduardo Valdez Bustos, Chapelboro reports.

Battling depression and anxiety, Smith was forced to drop out of school to cope with the tragic accident.

Superior Court Judge Elaine Bushfan called her decision the “most difficult case” she has had to consider in “short career as a superior court judge.”

“I don’t take these decisions lightly,” she said. “This is a very difficult job for a human being, any human being.”

Smith, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., reportedly has multiple speeding tickets on his driving record, with one just weeks before the accident, Chapelboro reports.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman asked for the maximum punishment.

“No amount of time you give to the defendant can make up for the loss of Eduardo,” he said. “But it certainly can say to this family that we value his life enough that Mr. Smith can take two years to think about what he’s done, because two years from now Eduardo’s still not going to be there.

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