By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A Hollister woman has pleaded guilty in connection to a crash that killed a Twin Falls firefighter.

The Times-News reports ( ) that 33-year-old Hollie Marie Winnett on Monday pleaded guilty to amended charges of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and a felony of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. She was originally charged with felony vehicular manslaughter.

According to a plea agreement, signed Jan. 6, prosecutors will recommend that Winnett be sentenced to probation and 90 days of jail. Prosecutors will also argue that Winnett should pay restitution to the firefighter’s wife and children, which could include funeral expenses, child support and other fines.

Winnett is accused of killing 34-year-old Ryan Franklin, who was riding his bike when he was struck by her Jeep on May 18.

Winnett told police she fell asleep behind the wheel and woke up when she hit something.

“I caused the death of Ryan Franklin when I fell asleep driving and hit him,” Winnett wrote in court documents. “I also then panicked and left the scene.”

Franklin had worked for the Twin Falls Fire Department about 2 1/2 years and taught middle school English and coached basketball at Lighthouse Christian School for six years before that.

Winnett is set to be sentenced March 17.


Information from: The Times-News,

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