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Woman receives deferred sentence for killing pedestrian

April 2, 2019

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — A Montana woman has received a deferred sentence and house arrest for killing a teacher with her car.

The Montana Standard reported Monday that a judge sentenced 56-year-old Christol Riddle Williamson to a six-year deferred sentence and four months of house arrest for causing the death of 76-year-old Dan Lean in December 2017.

The judge in Butte ordered Williamson to pay $8,836 in medical costs to Lean’s family and $3,500 to a victim compensation fund.

The judge suspended Williamson’s driver’s license for a year, but allowed her to seek a provisional license to get to work.

Court records say Williamson pleaded guilty in January to negligent homicide.

Authorities say Lean was wearing reflective clothing and walking in a parking lane before sunrise when Williamson struck him while driving without headlights.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com