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Reginald Stephey released from prison

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A convicted drunk driver is free after serving seven years in prison for two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Reginald Stephey Jr. was released from the Huntsville State Prison Unit at about 8:45 Tuesday morning.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said Stephey was given $100 and a bus voucher.

Stephey didn't need the voucher. He was greeted by family members but declined an interview.

In 1999, Stephey -- then 18 years old -- was driving drunk from a party when he crashed head-on into a car on RM 2222 outside Austin.

Two young women died and three were injured including then 20-year-old Jacqui Saburido. Saburido had just moved from Venezuela to Texas to learn English.

Saburido suffered third-degree burns on 60 percent of her body, including her face.

Today, Saburido is the face behind the Texas Department of Transportation's anti-drinking and driving campaign.

Last month, TxDOT interviewed her for a documentary.

"I don't hate him. I don't feel bad because he's out and he can
reconstruct his life again. I think just like, wow. Nine years. That's the only thing that I think," Saburido said.

Saburido has always maintained a forgiving attitude. She continues to travel between her hometown in Venezuela to
Kentucky for medical treatment.

Wednesday, News 8 Austin's Veronica Castelo will bring you
more of her interview and others' reaction to Stephey's release.

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