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Woman sentenced for causing fatal drunk driving accident

Leanna Murphy receives 12-years in prison
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Posted at 7:30 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 19:30:47-05

GREENFIELD—A Richmond woman who was arrested in July for causing a drunk driving accident in which a person died is going to prison for 12-years.

24-year-old Leanna Murphy was sentenced Wednesday and Hancock County Superior Court.

She pleaded guilty to one count of Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, and two counts of Causing Catastrophic Injury When Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

According to Hancock County investigators, Murphy was at the wheel of her Mini Cooper early in the morning of July 4 when the vehicle crossed the center line on State Road 234 near Troy Road and slammed into a Ford Focus. The location is about six-miles north of Greenfield.

44-year-old Rachel Thomas of Wilkinson, one of four people in the Ford, died. The others in the car with her were injured. Murphy and her passenger were also hurt, but not seriously.