Former Kerrville firefighter Isaac Barboza pleaded guilty to three felonies related to the drunk driving crash that killed an eight-year-old girl as she slept in 2020.
Barboza admitted guilt in the intoxicated manslaughter of Arianna Khaile Guido-Lopez, who was sleeping at her home on Leland Street when Barboza plowed into the house with his Ford F-250 pickup truck late on Aug. 6, 2020.
Barboza, a Uvalde resident, pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance. He appeared Wednesday morning in the 216th District Court with Judge Pat Patillo setting Barboza's sentencing for March 2023.
"I'm very pleased that he has accepted responsibility and that the family will not be put through a jury trial on guilt," said 216th District Attorney Lucy Wilke. The case was headed for a jury trial next week.
Guido's death was difficult for many in the community, including first responders who faced a challenging rescue. After a 10-day fight, Guido died from her injuries at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Barboza tried to make amends for the crash by apologizing via San Antonio television stations, but in the end, he pleaded guilty to the charges. Kerrville police officers, many of whom were on the scene that night, were present at the court hearing.