Crime

Paroled Benton City woman charged with DUI

BENTON CITY -- A Benton City woman, still on state supervision after serving about 15 months in prison for the accidental shooting death of her boyfriend three years ago, is facing a new charge.

Sharon Ann McDonald, 51, was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Benton City.

She was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in October 2006 after she admitted to accidentally shooting her boyfriend after a night of drinking. She was sentenced to two years in prison in November 2006.

McDonald was arrested around 1 a.m. in Benton City, said Capt. Steve Keane of the Benton County Sheriff's Office. He didn't immediately know what her blood alcohol level was at the time of her arrest. McDonald was released from jail Tuesday afternoon.

Maria Peterson with the Washington Department of Corrections said McDonald's arrest for DUI likely will land her in front of a DOC hearings officer, who may dole out sanctions separate from any sentence she may receive if convicted in Benton County.

Peterson said McDonald served her time behind bars at the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women near Spokane. After being released from prison in February 2008, Peterson said McDonald was placed on community supervision for three years.

McDonald's previous conviction stemmed from an incident in 2006 when she showed her boyfriend, Vernon K. Kallio, a handgun she had. Thinking the gun was unloaded, McDonald pointed it at Kallio and pulled the trigger twice. The second time, the gun fired, and Kallio was shot in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time of the shooting, she had a blood alcohol reading of 0.144 percent, nearly twice the legal limit to drive in Washington.

She and Kallio reportedly completed alcoholism treatment programs in the year before the incident, according to a Herald story at the time of her sentencing.

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