FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers woman serving a 25 years in prison for a deadly crash that killed a serviceman home for the holidays in 2008 had an appeal rejected this week.
Ashley East claimed that she had ineffective counsel when she agreed to a plea deal that sent her to prison.
East was drunk when she drove her pickup into a Jeep killing its driver, Army Staff Sgt. Danny Beougher, in December 2008 on Hancock Bridge Parkway near Moody Road. Beougher's wife Lauren survived the crash but suffered critical injuries.
Almost a year after that deadly crash, East agreed to a plea deal in which she would plead guilty to seven charges including leaving the scene of an accident and DUI manslaughter.
In February 2010, East was sentenced to 25 years, with a requirement to serve a minimum of two years, followed by five years of probation. Without the plea deal East faced as much as 60 years in prison.
Judge Bruce Kyle denied East's claim of ineffective counsel.