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Woman Sentenced In Hit-Run Death Of 8-Year-Old Girl

April 13, 1986

DENVER (AP) _ A woman convicted of murder in the hit-and-run death of an 8-year-old girl has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Nanette Sullivan, 27, was charged in the death of Karla Ricketts, who was killed while she was riding her bicycle across a Denver street Aug. 12.

Witnesses testified during the trial that Sullivan had motioned for the girl to cross the street. The woman ran over the girl, then backed up and hit her again in an intersection, witnesses said.

The defense argued that Sullivan panicked after Karla and some other children darted in front of the car.

Sullivan was found guilty of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license.

Denver District Court Judge William Meyer handed down the maximum sentences, 24 years for the murder conviction and eight years for leaving the scene of an accident. The sentences will be concurrent.

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