Woman reads emotional letter in court ahead of sentencing for deadly DUI crash in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A judge sentenced a woman to seven years in prison for killing a man in a crash along a Lexington Road.

Alexandria Rankin pleaded guilty to manslaughter and DUI. Rankin was drunk ran a red light at Athens Boonesboro Road and Hays Boulevard in November crashing into Robert Hatler's pickup. The 23-year-old Winchester man later died.

In court on Thursday, Rankin read an emotional letter to the judge addressing both her family and Hatler's family.

"This didn't have to happen, and it shouldn't have," Rankin said. "I don't picture my future without realizing Robert no longer has his."

Rankin's attorney asked the judge to sentence her to probation, but the Commonwealth asked for prison time.

Judge Ernesto Scorsone said, "I'm convinced you are a fine person and that this is not a pattern. However, for me to probate you would really undermine the seriousness of this loss of life."

Scorsone sentenced Rankin to serve seven years for the manslaughter charge and 30 days for the DUI charge. Rankin must report to jail by 7 Friday evening.

Hatler is a 2012 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester. He attended Transylvania University for about two years and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

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