She cried her eyes out at the hearing, according to media reports. The 19-year-old Wisconsin woman was apologetic and contrite as she pleaded emotionally to the court for mercy.
But the court weighed a number of factors, including the mercy the young woman had shown the good Samaritans she'd struck with her car in a pedestrian accident last winter.
The 19-year-old received a total of four years in prison: three years for hitting and killing a 30-year-old man and an additional year for injuring a 28-year-old woman.
Both the man and woman were helping an injured pedestrian at the time of the March 2011 crash.
The woman behind the wheel admits she had four beers before she left a bar where she'd been with three friends.
As she came to cars blocking her lane after the pedestrian had been hurt, she drove around the cars and struck the two helping the injured pedestrian.
She later claimed to have been unaware she'd even struck anyone, until she was told so by police officers.
When her blood alcohol level was tested two hours after the fatal collision, it was still at 0.088 percent; above the legal threshold of 0.08 percent.
Of course, since she was 18 at the time of the accident, she wasn't old enough to legally drink anyway.
The mother of the dead man was also emotional at the young woman's sentencing hearing. She talked about the pain he endured and the way he died.
"My son's brain shifted from one side to another. He bled out of his eyes and his nose," she told the court.
In cases similar to this, families of victims simply don't accept that a few years behind bars is punishment enough for someone who caused terrible injuries or the deaths of their loved ones. So with the aid of an experienced attorney, they pursue justice in civil court with personal injury or wrongful death litigation.
Source: jsonline.com: "Woman who killed pedestrian sentenced to four years in prison," Feb. 6, 2012