Woman sentenced for 2 drunken-driving deaths | TheUnion.com

Woman sentenced for 2 drunken-driving deaths

Kelli Townsend will serve two years in the Nevada County jail, one year in a lockdown alcohol treatment unit and more than seven years on probation for killing two people while driving drunk last year.

At her highly emotional sentencing hearing, Townsend told the victims’ families today that she was sorry for their loss.

Last month, Townsend pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter for the June 11 deaths of Cassandra Schley-May and Glen Edmiston.

Townsend was about one mile north of Nevada City on Highway 49 when she crossed the center line and collided head-on with Schley-May’s car.

Townsend’s vehicle then spun and struck Edmiston’s vehicle, which rolled into a ditch. Schley-May died instantly and Edmiston died 10 days later in the hospital.

Townsend was sentenced by Nevada County Superior Court Judge Robert Tamietti and will report to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility April 8.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s The Union.

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