Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Scuzzbucket justice

Last October I posted about a woman who was under the influence of who knows what killing a wheelchair bound man. According to the initial report:

Witnesses told deputies that they saw a white Buick Rendezvous, driven by Kimberlin Edwards, traveling at a high rate of speed along the roadway when the accident occurred. The 53-year-old victim died at the scene.

Today the bee atch was sentenced to 17 years in prison .

She pleaded guilty to the charges after a 12-member, St. Tammany Parish jury had already been impaneled, but before opening arguments had been given in her trial.

State Judge Allison Penzato accepted Edwards' plea and sentenced her to 17 years in prison.

According to records, Edwards has prior convictions in New Orleans for armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in 1993, according to the St. Tammany district attorney's office.

In St. Tammany, she also has possession of cocaine convictions from 2009 and 2005; and misdemeanor convictions for unauthorized use of a movable, possession of drug paraphernalia and open containers from between 1999 and 2006.

Edwards is scheduled for a multiple offender hearing, at which time Assistant District Attorney Scott Gardner likely will attempt to label Edwards a repeat offender under the state's habitual offender statute.

If Edwards is found to be an habitual offender, she would face possible life imprisonment. Wouldn't that be a shame.

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