BANGOR — A judge sentenced a Corinth woman involved in a fatal crash in 2019 to a decade in prison.
She will likely only serve 30 months.
On Friday, 30-year-old Melinda Hutchinson was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but two and a half years suspended.
She also was sentenced to four years probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 dollar fine.
Hutchinson pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of manslaughter and operating under the influence.
Those charges stem from a fatal head-on crash that took place at the corner of Broadway and Pineview Avenue in Glenburn back in July of 2019.
70-year-old Gordon Stuart of Bangor died in that crash.
Hutchinson was reportedly under the influence of heroin at the time.
“It was an agreed plea, the defense attorney was Jeffery Silverstein in Bangor, and he and I and the judge went through a conference process to come up with a recommendation to make to the court that would save a trial,” said Penobscot Assistant District Attorney, Brendan Trainor.
Trainor said due to COVID-related reasons and because Hutchinson was not in custody, the case took two years to get to the plea stage.