A 48-year-old Kennewick woman admitted she caused a fatal Pasco crash in September 2010 when she drove recklessly and slammed head-on into another car.
Lori Ann Christensen pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to one count of vehicular homicide.
She faces a sentence of up to nine years, eight months in prison, but prosecutors agreed to recommend a 71/2-year term. Sentencing is set for March 20.
Christensen also had been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 24, 2010, but prosecutors agreed to drop that element of the charge in exchange for her plea.
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According to court documents, Christensen was behind the wheel at 5:30 a.m. when she pulled out of the Motel 6 parking lot onto Oregon Avenue.
She crossed the center line and hit Orlando Abarca-Rivera's car. The 35-year-old Pasco man died at the scene.
Christensen reportedly was late for work delivering newspapers for her husband, who was an independent contractor for the Tri-City Herald.
Man pleads innocent to attempted murder
The estranged husband of a Pasco woman accused of killing her mother pleaded innocent to charges that he plotted to kill his mother-in-law.
Todd David Stuart, 48, faces an April 25 trial in Franklin County Superior Court for first-degree attempted murder.
Court documents allege Todd Stuart got his mother-in-law to stand in the right spot in her garage last February so that an 18-gallon bin of books, pushed by Tashia Stuart, would fall on her. Judy Hebert, 58, suffered a severe head injury but survived.
She was fatally shot March 3 in her west Pasco home and her daughter is charged with first-degree murder. Tashia Stuart, 38, has claimed self-defense, saying she shot Hebert after Hebert came at her with an ax.
Todd Stuart reportedly left the house three days before Hebert was killed. He was arrested in California and is being held in the Franklin County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
West Pasco man's trial in shooting set April 25
The trial of a west Pasco man accused of shooting his neighbor was set for April 25 after prosecutors agreed a competency evaluation isn't needed.
Prosecutors wanted Froilan Campos-Gonzalez Jr. evaluated at Eastern State Hospital, but defense attorney Jim Egan said an evaluation isn't necessary.
He presented a report completed by Mark Mays, a Spokane psychologist, that said Campos-Gonzalez Jr. was competent and didn't suffer from diminished capacity at the time of the Dec. 8 incident.
Deputy Prosecutor Dave Corkrum agreed a second independent evaluation was no longer necessary.
Campos-Gonzalez Jr., 54, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree assault. He is accused of forcing his way into Gregg Warehime's home, confronting him about a BB gun, then shooting him once.
Warehime was paralyzed after the bullet went through his stomach and hit his spine.
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