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Woman Who Ran Over South Dade High School Principal Javier Perez Accepts Plea Deal, Gets 5 Years in Prison

The woman who pleaded guilty in the 2016 DUI crash that left a popular South Florida high school principal severely injured will be spending five years behind bars after she accepted a plea deal Friday.

Marilyn Aguilera pleaded guilty to DUI causing serious bodily injury after running over South Dade High School principal Javier Perez at a West Miami Dade baseball field.

The beloved principal lost both of his legs after being in a coma. Two other people were injured but not as badly.

After five years in state prison, Aguilera will serve 3 years of probation and must complete 200 hours of community service as part of the plea deal. She also must attend substance abuse counseling.

In court Friday, prosecutor Laura Adams read a letter from Perez's wife.

"His life, our life will never be the same," the letter said. "My childrens' innocence is gone, they are no longer carefree and worry free kids."

"The tragedy to our community and all those young kids just were terribly traumatized, and I’m just astonished at the level of forgiveness," Miami-Dade Judge Diana Ward said.

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