Ex-Paradise Woman Gets 6-Year Sentence for DUI Manslaughter

In Butte County, California, a woman named Elizabeth Bumbaugh was given a sentence of 6 years and 8 months in state prison for her DUI vehicular manslaughter conviction from 1999, as announced by District Attorney Mike Ramsey. According to Ramsey, Bumbaugh managed to avoid sentencing for more than twenty years.

The district attorney explained that Bumbaugh pleaded no contest in 1999 to charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, which resulted in severe injury. However, she failed to appear for her sentencing in June that year and a no-bail bench warrant was issued for her arrest.

Ramsey shared how Bumbaugh confessed this week to having relocated to Washington state from California and changing her identity. She sought public assistance in Whatcom County, which caused her original Butte County warrant to resurface.

Bumbaugh was apprehended on the basis of that warrant and returned to Butte County in February this year. The charges against her trace back to a DUI accident she caused in the town of Paradise in 1998, where her reckless driving resulted in a crash that seriously injured two passengers, and led to one fatality.

Ramsey further mentioned that Bumbaugh was previously arrested and convicted of felony assault in Washington state in 2004, emphasizing that Bumbaugh’s conviction demonstrates that there is no time limit to holding someone accountable for their actions.

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