Russell County mom sentenced in deadly crash

Published: Jan. 18, 2018 at 12:23 PM EST
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A Southern Kentucky woman who admitted to allegations she caused her daughter's death in a September 2016 crash was sentenced Thursday morning.

Jessica Warriner was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She had been charged with murder in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, Chloe Fortenberry.

Warriner pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter and assault.

That crash happened at the intersection of Ky 379 and French Valley Road near Russell Springs on September 10, 2016.

Police said Warriner went through the intersection and was t-boned by a pickup truck.

“Our argument in trial would have been that she got behind the wheel of her car with her 3-year-old child in the car, knowing that she was under the influence of methamphetamines, that would have been our basic argument to the jury,” said Commonwealth's Attorney Matthew Leveridge.

Warriner has been in jail since recovering from injuries she received in the crash that took the life of her daughter.

Warriner will get credit for time already served which is 492 days. She could be eligible for parole after she serves just 20 percent of her sentence.

She could be freed in less than a year.