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Sentencing Hearing Held For Woman In Distracted Driving Case

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Sentencing Hearing Held For Woman In Distracted Driving Case

By Laken Bowles. CREATED Aug 26, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Lawrenceburg woman accused of texting and driving before a crash that killed a husband and wife, faced her victims' family members during a sentencing hearing.

Misti Risner appeared in court for a sentencing hearing on Monday. In July, she pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed Clyde Newton, and his wife Carmie in March 2013.

Initial police reports showed there was evidence on Risner's phone that proved she was using it just before the crash on U.S. 64 and Ezell Drive, near Crockett State Park. But the U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that police can't search cell phones without a warrant.

The District Attorney said because of that, prosecutors were forced to strike a deal.

“This has had a major impact on our family,” said Tracie Adkison, daughter of the victims. “Our family's not whole anymore.”

After the hearing, the judge said he'd announce Risner's sentence at a later date. She faces anything from probation, to up to two years in prison.