- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - An Evergreen woman convicted of deliberate homicide in a 2009 crash that killed a pregnant woman and the woman’s teenage son has been released on parole.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1kQXTxu ) that state records show 22-year-old Justine Winter was released Nov. 20 after completing a pre-release program in Billings.

Winter, who was 16 at the time, had been driving on U.S. Highway 93 near Kalispell when she crashed head-on into 35-year-old Erin Thompson and her son, 13-year-old Caden Odell. Investigators say Winter struck the pregnant woman’s vehicle at 85 mph after texting her boyfriend that she planned to kill herself.

Winter was found guilty of deliberate homicide in 2011. She was sentenced to two concurrent 30-year sentences with 30 years suspended.

The state approved Winter’s request for parole in September.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com


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