As of Tuesday, August 19, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who crashed her SUV after falling asleep while drunk driving — killing one of her children — has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and other charges.
Mattie Spino of Dallesport, Wash., was driving home from a visit to Mount Hood last November when she fell asleep. All five of her children were in the SUV, and the crash killed her 9-year-old daughter.
The Oregonian reported that Spino’s blood alcohol level was .15 percent.
At Friday’s court appearance in Portland, public defender Kasia Rutlege said her 32-year-old client has had a lot of trauma in life. Rutledge noted that one of Spino’s sons died after her arrest. The boy was crushed by a boulder while hiking in Washington.