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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