Cape Coral woman sentenced to 15 years in prison for DUI crash that killed daughter


FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Cape Coral woman was sentenced to over 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to two charges following a 2020 car crash that killed her three-year-old daughter.

Leslie Zeagler received 184 months in prison and ten years of probation for one count of aggravated manslaughter of a child. She also received 174 months and an additional six months of probation for one count of DUI manslaughter. Both sentenced will run concurrently from one another.

In February 2020, Zeagler was driving a minivan on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when she blacked out, left the roadway and crashed into several trees.

During the crash, the vehicle rolled over and her daughter, Serenity Robinson, was ejected. Serenity was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, where she would die from her injuries.

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An investigation revealed that Serenity was not in a child restraint device as required by law. It was also discovered that Zeagler was impaired by multiple controlled substances while operating her vehicle.

In addition to her prison sentence and probation, Zeagler also had her driver’s license permanently revoked. She will be under a curfew when she is released from prison, have to go under a substance abuse evaluation and be subject to random drug and breath testing. She must also do 100 hours of community service.


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