Erma Brown sentenced to three consecutive 2-10 year prison terms.
Posted: 11:31 AM Apr 12, 2010
Reporter: Carrie Cline
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The woman who pleaded guilty to causing a fiery crash that killed a mother and two high school students will spend a minimum six years behind bars.
In February, Erma Brown pleaded guilty to three counts of DUI causing death.
The 2-vehicle accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. on April 2, 2009 on Alternate Route 10 near the intersection of Eden’s Branch Road in Barboursville.
Investigators say Brown crossed the center line and hit the car driven by 47-year-old Carole Crawford. Crawford, her daughter Meaghan, 16, and Kelsey Kuhn, 15, died in the crash after their car caught fire.
During Monday's hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court, Judge Dan O'Hanlon sentenced Brown to three consecutive 2-10 year prison terms. That is the maxi mun sentenced allowed for her plea.
Brown was taking prescription medication for depression and panic attacks the morning of the crash. But during that plea hearing She admitted publicly she was taking much more than what was prescribed.
Before handing down the sentence, the court heard from both families.
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