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Denison man sentenced to prison over death of girlfriend

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SHERMAN, TX -- Police say Eric Wayne Pendleton of Denison was driving when his girlfriend fell out of the sunroof of his car.

Pendleton was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday for Driving While Intoxicated. He was also sentenced to 30 years for Intoxication Manslaughter. The sentences will run concurrently.

Denison Police say Betty Ann Robinson crawled out of the sunroof of the SUV  and was killed when she lost her balance and fell onto the pavement. The incident happened in July of 2013. Robinson died as a result of the fall.

Prosecutors say Pendleton originally lied to police claiming the victim had put the car in cruise control and he was not the one driving. Denison Detective John Watt went to Wal-Mart and obtained surveillance video from the parking lot. The video depicted Pendleton driving the vehicle with Robinson in the passenger seat. The accident happened on the road behind the Walmart, about a mile away.

Prosecutors say there was no evidence that Pendleton pushed Robinson out of the vehicle. At the time of Robinson's death, Pendleton was on parole for a felony DWI offense. Prosecutors also say Thursday was Pendleton's seventh DWI conviction, fourth misdemeanor conviction and third felony conviction.

Pendleton will have parole eligibility in 15 years.