Amarillo Man Gets Probation, One Night of Jail a Year, for Killing His Girlfriend

In Texas, one thing's for certain: If you're a killer, you're either going to face a really old guy who likes to stick people with needles or spend the rest of your life with a cellmate named Bubba who's been deprived of a woman for far too long.

Unless you kill your girlfriend with a car in Amarillo.

Back in 2010, Michael Paul Buse, 45, ran over his girlfriend and killed her, apparently after an argument. Last week, an Amarillo judge sentenced Buse to probation and a whopping 120 days in jail for the purposeful vehicular manslaughter of Dairy Strout. The judge, worried that the even this vast punishment may not be enough, also ordered Buse to spend the next 10 anniversaries of her death in jail.

That'll teach him.

We mean her! That'll teach her!

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Christian McPhate is an award-winning journalist who specializes in investigative reporting. He covers crime, the environment, business, government and social justice. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News and The Washington Times.

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