SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A 20-year-old Spartanburg man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a DUI crash that killed a 43-year-old woman and her mother.
Austin Shackleford pleaded guilty to eight counts in connection to the crash last March that killed Tanya Tiede. Her mother, 65-year-old Sandra Kay Effler, died later at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Shackleford was driving north on Highway 110 when he crossed the center line and struck the Tiede family's car head-on. Investigators said Teide's 44-year-old husband, Chris, and 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, were trapped in the car and seriously injured.
The solicitor said Shackleford admitted to detectives he had a half pint of rum, marijuana and other drugs the night of the accident. The coroner said a deputy's dash cam video showed Shackleford pass at a high rate of speed less than a minute before the crash.
Shackleford was quiet through most of his sentencing, only showing emotion when he apologized to the victims' family.
Shackleford was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. He could have faced a maximum sentence of up to 125 years.
His brother, who was just released from prison after serving a felony DUI sentence given to him by the same judge, was in court Wednesday to support his brother.