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Woman gets 7 years in prison for drunken driving death

February 27, 2019

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison for driving drunk and striking and killing a 75-year-old pedestrian.

The attorney general announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Leslie Morales, of South Kingstown, was sentenced earlier this week after pleading no contest to driving under the influence with death resulting and reckless driving with death resulting.

In addition, Morales must pay a $5,000 fine and faces a five-year license suspension upon release.

Prosecutors say Morales was driving drunk in South Kingstown on August 7, 2017 when she struck Mary Kemp. Kemp was later pronounced dead at South County Hospital.

Authorities say they had received several calls about an erratic operator driving in the area shortly before Kemp was struck.