Man-On-Car Murder Sentencing Postponed

By: Mike Fossum - March 26, 2014

A California woman who drove two miles while drunk through the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance with a dying man on her windshield has had her sentencing for murder charges postponed.

Substance-abuse counselor Sherry Lynn Wilkins, 52, was found guilty by a jury of second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run for the accident that killed 31-year-old Phillip Moreno in Torrance in November, 2012. Wilkins faces 45 years to life in prison, and was to be sentenced today.

The sentence had become so substantial, as Wilkins had committed two previous felonies, which makes her eligible to fall under California’s three strikes law. Prosecutors had said Wilkins’ hitting of Moreno “struck at human dignity,” and noted that her blood alcohol level at the time of the incident was over twice the legal limit.

Though, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said today’s scheduled sentencing of Wilkins will be postponed until June. No details concerning the change of schedule were provided.

Wilkins, a self-proclaimed recovered addict, had said she’d been “self-medicating” due to a knee replacement surgery, and that she wasn’t drunk, just buzzed. She’s consumed 3 shots a vodka and a Budweiser beer and Clamato before getting behind the wheel, and ended up hitting Moreno with such force that his shoes came off, and he’d became embedded in her windshield. Other drivers noticed, swarmed her car, and took her keys before police arrived at the scene.

After the guilty verdict was read, Deputy District Attorney John Harlan commented, “We do not tolerate someone who does not pull over when they see someone on their windshield.”

Wilkins had testified that she never saw Moreno, and it was as if he’d fallen out of the sky.

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  • Science Debunker

    I hope she gets 45 years. We need harsher drunk driving punishments. 1st time offenders should get 1 year in jail.

    • Pronot bongo

      Yea, think that till you’re pulled over for having a drink and being railed in court..

    • Robert Thompson

      I hope she gets sentenced to death.

  • Ken Wood

    She was a substance-abuse counselor. Give her the max.

  • Joyce Carter

    She needs to be punished

  • Wildcat

    All i can say is WOW! This shouldn’t have even cost the taxpayers any money, her butt should be put in jail for the rest of her sorry life. Would say do the same to her but I don’t want to hear negative responses to that. Even though she MURDERED someone.

  • Jim FIxx

    She’s a white trash scum bag that lives down the street. Downed a bottle of vodka with clamato and jumped into her car. Total scumbag.

    • John Smith

      i guess no worse than an illegal alien scumbag driving drunk every day and killing someone, unfortunately that is more common then this.

      • Preacher

        only “more common” in your deluded xenophobic mind. Not sure why Jim went racial – despicable! Your statistically revisionist reply is despicable and delusional!

        • Jim FIxx

          Go troll your mom. I did

          • Preacher

            jim is the winner!

  • joe liegel

    Firing squad for that sorry beotch………

  • tire of it

    Just hang her in a town square.


    “We do not tolerate someone who does not pull over when they see someone on their windshield.” I’m glad you guys don’t

    • Pablo Cervantes

      It’s good they draw the line, right?

  • punishment should fit crime

    drag her behind a car for 2 miles and see if she survives.

  • ogre12

    she is a minute example of everything that is wrong with america. without Christ this is the result.

    • Jane Doe

      Seriously? What country to do you live in that is crime free? Oh yeah, it’s called LaLa Land….

      • ogre12

        you are a troll

  • Pablo Cervantes

    4 drinks wouldn’t get her a .16 BAC unless she weighed about 70 pounds.

    • Jane Doe

      You don’t think three shots and a beer would make her over the limit? Please don’t drive…I mean, like EVER, even without drinking!….

      • Pablo Cervantes

        Jane, thank you for your opinion. However, as a certified Breathalyzer operator, I speak from facts. Oh…and I don’t drink…never have. I see too many idiots that do.

        • Robert Thompson

          And on that note, there’s no such thing as a certified breathalyzer operator because there’s no certification for it. It’s literally one person holding the machine and reading the number once the other person finishes blowing in the tube. A 5 year old has the qualifications to operate a breathalyzer.

    • george smithson

      She drank them in 15 minutes… plus… if you are ever questioned by your spouse or girlfriend (or the cops) if you’ve had 6 beers you always say 2… if she said 3 shots and a beer with Clamato, she had more than that.

    • Robert Thompson

      Well that’s not true because 3 drinks in an hour would get a 150lb man to the limit, 4 would put him over. Plus, she most likely had these drinks in a span of less than 30 minutes.

      • Pablo Cervantes

        Well, actually…5 drinks in an hour for a 175 pound male would get him to .10 BAC. Nice try…especially your added speculation as to her drinking time frame.

        • Robert Thompson

          Wow, I’m so glad you think that a 150lb male and a 175lb male are the same. Plus, that’s a .06 difference in BAC, which totals to about 2 drinks, so yeah. Just keep showing the ignorance, it’s funny. Oh, and by the way, if she had had 4 drinks and was double the legal limit, as clearly stated, she would have had to have consumed her stated amount of alcohol within a 30 minute time period. But like I said, just keep it up with the ignorance because it’s really amusing.

  • Donna Hurley

    Drug abuse counselor. What a hypocrite.

  • John Smith

    Its California she will get the minimum sentence because she was drunk. Was the victim illegal? Then it was like falling from the sky.

  • Jason

    Jails, institutions, or death….she knows how it goes.

  • Ronaldus Magnus

    If this is a third strike, she is finished. If not, it’s straight vehicular manslaughter with an added charge of hit and run. A couple of felonies for which she’ll do no more than a total of 7 years.

    Third strike? 25 to life. I like that much better.

  • disqus_Jw6RSUYgeV

    Wow she picked the right profession, bye bye drunk ass!!

  • Preacher

    She is a THUG!

  • Robert Thompson

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the article say she’s a substance abuse counselor? And a recovering alcoholic? Isn’t she someone who should know better than to abuse alcohol? Plus how was she still a free woman after having two prior felony convictions? She says that she didn’t see the guy, so she didn’t see the 150lb + man sticking out of her windshield, that was most likely making some kind of noise? This woman should have been beaten down by the people that stopped her and taken her keys, and told the police that she had been injured when she hit the poor man. I hope to God that she never sees the light of day again, it’s the least she deserves.

  • Preacher

    she is a bona-fide THUG!

  • Ernn Allen

    I usually can’t stand any District Attorney, but that was a great comment by D.A. John Harlan “We do not tolerate someone who does not pull over when they see someone on their windshield.” Evil drunk old lady doesn’t deserve to be a part of civilized society