Woman enters plea in deadly Missouri wrong-way crash

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MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia woman whose lawyer claims she was drugged before a deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation.

The Kansas City Star reports that 27-year-old Kelli Smith entered an Alford plea Monday to a reduced charge of careless and imprudent driving after her earlier involuntary manslaughter conviction was overturned. An Alford plea doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Defense attorney Jennifer Bukowsky contends that someone gave Smith a date rape drug then sexually assaulted her before the 2012 Montgomery County collision that killed 25-year-old Thomas Sullivan II.

The misdemeanor plea allows Smith to avoid having a felony on her record. Bukowsky says a trial is “always a risk.”

 

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