Two Prior DUI Convictions are Not Enough for Drunk Driver

June 25, 2014

According to, a 52-year-old man driving drunk killed a 12-year-old on April 4. Unfortunately, Stanley Jefson, the drunk driver, had two prior convictions of driving under the influence (DUI).

Twelve-year-old Savannah Pfeiffer was riding with her Mother in the passenger seat of a pickup in Arlington. While driving on Townsend Boulevard (near Merrill Road), Jefson slammed into the back of their truck, causing them to crash into two other vehicles. The mother and daughter were a mile away from their home.

First responders rushed Savannah to the hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries a week later on April 11. Two other people were taken to the hospital as well. Police say that Savannah was not wearing her seatbelt.

At the time of the crash, Jefson was driving a Pontiac GTO and was speeding at 120 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone.

What is the Possible Sentence for a DUI Manslaughter Charge?

According to Florida’s Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV), a DUI manslaughter charge is a second-degree felony. A person convicted of this charge could face upwards of 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Jefson is currently in jail after cops discovered that his blood alcohol content (BAC) was three times the legal limit.

Before this fatal wreck, Jefson was arrested and found guilty for DUIs on two separate occasions, including once in 1994 and again in 2009.

In an interview with, a neighbor recalled always seeing Pfeiffer and her siblings playing outside. Another neighbor of the Pfeiffer family, Steve Bennett, said that if Jefson does not receive life in prison, he could easily be back on the roads driving drunk.


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