Kinley Queen was sentenced in an accident that killed 50-year-old William Springer.
It happened last March near the Devaney Center. In Lancaster County District Court Thursday afternoon, emotions were running high as Queen was sentenced up to 4 years in prison. She and her attorney had hoped for probation.
A police investigation says Queen hit and killed Springer, a homeless man, as he was crossing Antelope Valley Parkway. Police say Queen didn't stop at the accident, but turned herself in two days later.
In November, she pled no contest to leaving the scene of an injury accident and causing serious bodily injury. Her attorney says Springer was crossing at an unmarked area and had a blood alcohol content more than 3 times the legal limit.
The judge ultimately ruled that while the case was tragic in multiple ways, it couldn't be ignored that Queen failed to offer help.
"I think that's pretty much what the judge said is he's sending a message that regardless of how bad the accident appears to be, you should always stop and make sure that there's nothing you could or couldn't do," Queen's attorney Toney Redman said.
Springer's younger sister says she forgives Queen, that it's necessary to go on with life, but she just can't help wonder why she didn't stop.
At the time of the accident, Queen was going through a drug treatment program after she was arrested for taking drugs from a patient she was caring for at an Ashland nursing home.
Queen told the courtroom that she is truly sorry for what she did, and has to live with the pain every day.
She will be eligible for parole after serving one year.