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Teacher sentenced in DUI accident that caused teen to lose leg

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Noel Lardeo, a first-grade teacher, listens to testimony during a preliminary hearing at the Regional Justice Court Monday, April 2, 2012. Lardeo is accused of being under the influence of alcohol in February when she lost control of her car, striking a bus bench and critically injuring a 15-year-old boy on Spring Mountain Road.

Preliminary Hearing for Noel Lardeo

Noel Lardeo, a first-grade teacher, returns to the courtroom after a break in a preliminary hearing at the Regional Justice Court Monday, April 2, 2012. Lardeo is accused of being under the influence of alcohol in February when she lost control of her car, striking a bus bench and critically injuring a 15-year-old boy on Spring Mountain Road. Launch slideshow »

The Las Vegas teacher who struck a 15-year-old boy while driving drunk in February will serve at least six years behind bars.

Noel Lardeo was sentenced to serve 72 months to 180 months in prison. Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley handed down the sentence Wednesday.

Lardeo was given credit for 10 months of time served, meaning she will be eligible for parole in five years and two months, said Warren Geller, Lardeo's defense attorney. Geller served as Lardeo’s retained attorney, along with his law partner Frank Cofer.

In September, Lardeo, 26, pleaded guilty to driving and being in actual physical control while under the influence of alcohol resulting in substantial bodily harm, according to court records. Lardeo worked as a first-grade teacher at Roger Bryan Elementary School in Las Vegas.

During a preliminary hearing earlier this year, the victim, Conan Obenchain, testified that half his left leg was amputated and his right knee was shattered after the Feb. 5 incident.

Lardeo was driving a 2005 Acura TSX west on Spring Mountain Road, near El Camino Road, just after 5 a.m. when her car went off the right side of the road and collided with a bus shelter, striking the victim who was waiting nearby, according to Metro Police.

Lardeo failed three field sobriety tests and her blood-alcohol concentration registered higher than .08, the legal threshold for drunken driving.

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  1. Judge Miley is serious about keeping drunk drivers off the road.