- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident after she fatally hit a bicyclist while fleeing from her boyfriend.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (https://sgfnow.co/13aWRTm ) 32-year-old Shannon Smith of Buffalo received the punishment in the November 2013 death of 23-year-old Zachary Gibson. She pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in March.

Authorities say Smith was being chased through Springfield by her boyfriend when she killed Gibson near the Missouri State University campus. Smith tells police she was speeding to get away from 24-year-old Blake Basten. She says Basten had a gun and she was hoping police would stop her.

Basten was also sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in October.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com


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