Matthew Moye, 37, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for two DUI deaths after pleading guilty Thursday to two DUI manslaughter counts.
Moye was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter and two counts of vehicular homicide in the death of two hotel workers as they walked across the Harbour Island bridge on Halloween weekend three years ago. The vehicular homicide counts were dropped Thursday.
Doug Kozar and Kate Kohlier, both 24, were killed in the incident. Moye, a dentist from Riverview, had denied drinking that night. But tests on blood drawn after the wreck show his blood-alcohol content was 0.13, over the state limit of .08.
Kozar and Kohlier were killed as they were walking toward the Harbour Island parking garage after finishing their shifts at the Marriott Waterside Hotel about 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2010.
Police said Moye passed three cars as he headed south on Harbour Island Boulevard by pulling out into the left-turn only lane.
Witnesses said Moye was going 70 to 80 mph in his wife's 2011 Catillac CTS, when he struck the curb at the base of the bridge, crossed the northbound lane, jumped the other curb and traveled along the sidewalk, hitting Kohlier, a psychology major at the University of South Florida who was set to graduate within the month, and Kozar, a University of Tampa graduate.
Kohlier died of a brain injury after the impact threw her into the bridge's concrete wall and Kozar was thrown over the concrete rail and into a net-like retaining fence. He died of a lacerated heart.
A third worker, Joao Barbosa, 47, saw the oncoming Cadillac and injured his ankle jumping into a bush to avoid it.
Moye, his wife and another female passenger were not injured.
Legal experts said three years to decide a DUI-manslaughter case is a long time, but not unheard of. Such cases contain a mountain of forensic evidence that calls for depositions of experts on both sides. Since 2010, about 50 subpoenas have been issued and about 40 depositions have been taken, court records show