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DaJudge
March 26th, 2014, 12:01 PM
Substance Abuse Counselor Who Drove 2 Miles With Dying Man On Windshield Faces Sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.

A jury last month found Sherry Lynn Wilkins, 52, guilty of second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run for the incident that killed 31-year-old Phillip Moreno in Torrance in November 2012.

Wilkins has also has two previous felony convictions that are considered serious and make her eligible for California's three strikes law.

Prosecutors at the time of the trial said Wilkins' blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, and that what she did to Moreno "struck at human dignity."

"We do not tolerate someone who does not pull over when they see someone on their windshield," Deputy District Attorney John Harlan said after the verdict.

Wilkins, who was an addict before she became a drug and alcohol counselor, said she had been drinking that night but wasn't drunk. She said she had been "self-medicating" while waiting for knee-replacement surgery and had consumed three servings of vodka and a can of Budweiser beer and Clamato before starting to drive.

She testified that she never saw Moreno coming and it is was as if he fell out of the sky.

cheftyler
March 26th, 2014, 12:18 PM
Substance Abuse Counselor Who Drove 2 Miles With Dying Man On Windshield Faces Sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.

A jury last month found Sherry Lynn Wilkins, 52, guilty of second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run for the incident that killed 31-year-old Phillip Moreno in Torrance in November 2012.

Wilkins has also has two previous felony convictions that are considered serious and make her eligible for California's three strikes law.

Prosecutors at the time of the trial said Wilkins' blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, and that what she did to Moreno "struck at human dignity."

"We do not tolerate someone who does not pull over when they see someone on their windshield," Deputy District Attorney John Harlan said after the verdict.

Wilkins, who was an addict before she became a drug and alcohol counselor, said she had been drinking that night but wasn't drunk. She said she had been "self-medicating" while waiting for knee-replacement surgery and had consumed three servings of vodka and a can of Budweiser beer and Clamato before starting to drive.

She testified that she never saw Moreno coming and it is was as if he fell out of the sky.

Did anyone else read that with a cartoonish aristocratic voice in their head?

GM4X4LOVER
March 26th, 2014, 02:13 PM
This lady is no different than the lady that killed Allen Rose. They both deserve death and have no regard for human life.

Dave McDonald
March 27th, 2014, 07:05 AM
I'm thinkin that someone falling out of the sky and landing on my hood would be a good reason to pull over immediately, not drive for a couple of miles until I could try and make sense out of what happened.

'Course I don't drive when I'm chemically altered, so I'd probably have a little better judgement than the drugged out drunkard in the story.

Lock her up. She killed him.

Waifer2112
March 27th, 2014, 07:10 AM
drugged out drunkard

Isn't that just repeating yourself? Especially since drugs (other than alcohol) weren't involved in this accident?

Dave McDonald
March 27th, 2014, 07:16 AM
Isn't that just repeating yourself? Especially since drugs (other than alcohol) weren't involved in this accident?

" She said she had been "self-medicating" while waiting for knee-replacement surgery" I took that to mean that pain killers were probably involved.

Waifer2112
March 27th, 2014, 07:19 AM
" She said she had been "self-medicating" while waiting for knee-replacement surgery" I took that to mean that pain killers were probably involved.

I took it to mean it referred to the alcohol. They were very specific about what kind and how much alcohol, and don't mention anything about painkillers at all.

Alcohol is a drug, and can be used to self-medicate the same as pills.

Dave McDonald
March 27th, 2014, 07:23 AM
I took it to mean it referred to the alcohol. They were very specific about what kind and how much alcohol, and don't mention anything about painkillers at all.

Alcohol is a drug, and can be used to self-medicate the same as pills.

OK, so using strict definitions, I was redundant with my insult.

Happy now?

Clod Hopper
March 27th, 2014, 07:36 AM
Actually, I kind of enjoyed the reference.


I support ya Dave!

Waifer2112
March 27th, 2014, 08:01 AM
Actually, I kind of enjoyed the reference.


I support ya Dave!

There's no contest here. I'm just pointing out that alcohol is a drug you can use to self-medicate. Lots of alcohol drinkers don't like to hear that and try and keep the words drugs and alcohol separate.

Dave McDonald
March 27th, 2014, 08:05 AM
There's no contest here. I'm just pointing out that alcohol is a drug you can use to self-medicate. Lots of alcohol drinkers don't like to hear that and try and keep the words drugs and alcohol separate.

I'm one of them, and I'll probably always be that way.

I think I assumed pain killers because having bad knees, I know that alcohol doesn't help with my knee pain. It takes drugs to do that - drugs as in pills, that say "For pain" on them.

Waifer2112
March 27th, 2014, 08:09 AM
I'm one of them, and I'll probably always be that way.

I think I assumed pain killers because having bad knees, I know that alcohol doesn't help with my knee pain.

You're not drinking enough then. Apparently you need to drink enough that you don't recognize a person on the hood of your car! :spit:

Clod Hopper
March 27th, 2014, 08:11 AM
You're not drinking enough then. Apparently you need to drink enough that you don't recognize a person on the hood of your car! :spit:


ooof. feeling oookie just thinking about how much alcohol it would take.



Yeah, I am a lightweight.

Dave McDonald
March 27th, 2014, 08:36 AM
ooof. feeling oookie just thinking about how much alcohol it would take.



Yeah, I am a lightweight.

To not care about a guy with his head stuck through your windshield? Unless you're morally bankrupt in the first place, nothing short of a total blackout would do it.

Don S
March 27th, 2014, 08:46 AM
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No one ever chases their ‘second driver’ (black bomber for you elderly folks) with a six pack!

Have a good one.. Don S..