MISSOULA — Megan Beard was sentenced on Friday for the dying of her ten-year-old son Brecken, who died in a DUI crash in February 2021.
The Montana Freeway Patrol reported Beard was driving a minivan when she misplaced management within the curve, crossed the centerline, and drove into oncoming visitors.
Her car collided with a piece van and a sedan. Beard’s minivan then went off the highway and overturned.
Her 10-year previous son Brecken died from accidents sustained within the crash, and Beard’s different two kids – ages 8 and 6 – sustained minor chest accidents from their seatbelts.
Beard, 34 years previous, was charged with vehicular murder whereas underneath the affect, negligent vehicular assault, two counts of kid prison endangerment, and prison endangerment.
She pleaded responsible to the costs on June 24, admitting she drank alcohol and was too drunk to drive the day of the crash.
Beard equipped a blood pattern, the place her BAC returned .221, which is sort of thrice the authorized restrict for driving.
Missoula District Courtroom Choose Shane Vannatta sentenced Beard to 5 years with the Montana Division of Corrections. She was additionally ordered to serve an extra 168 days for accidents one other driver sustained within the crash.
As well as, she should carry out 200 hours of neighborhood service and pay greater than $15,000 in restitution.
Beard’s driver’s license can be suspended, and he or she can have driving restrictions if she is launched on parole. Beard is not going to be allowed to function a motorcar with any minor within the automotive, except one other grownup is current.
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