- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 37-year-old San Juan County woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for an involuntary manslaughter conviction stemming from a February drunken-driving accident that killed a 4-year-old child.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Patricia Benally of Mitten Rock was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque to 46 months in prison plus two years of supervised probation.

According to the office, court filings say Benally was intoxicated when the vehicle she was driving was involved in a rollover accident on U.S. 491 south of Shiprock.

Benally said in a plea agreement that she fell asleep while driving and lost control of the vehicle.

The victim was among five passengers in the vehicle.



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