Mo. Woman Sentenced in Fatal Drunken Driving Crash

4 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, June 29 2013 Jun 29, 2013 Saturday, June 29, 2013 4:17:12 PM CDT June 29, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - A suburban St. Louis woman has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison in a drunken driving crash that killed her granddaughter.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 49-year-old Theresa Fortner of Arnold was sentenced Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court for second-degree murder, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child. She was drunk in July 2011 when she lost control of her vehicle, hitting a street sign, a house, a tree and a fence. The vehicle landed upside down.

Her 19-month-old granddaughter, Bella Houston, was in a car seat but suffered a brain injury. She was pronounced dead the next day.

Authorities say Fortner's family had told her she shouldn't drive. Tests determined that Fortner's blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

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