A former substance abuse counselor who was found guilty Tuesday of murder and other charges after allegedly driving for 2 miles with a 31-year-old man stuck in her windshield.
Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, had been charged in the death of Phillip Moreno, who died in November 2012 after she hit him while driving in Torrance.
She allegedly drove more than 2 miles with Moreno stuck in her windshield until a crowd of witnesses surrounded the car and detained her until police arrived.
Moreno later died at the hospital.
On Tuesday afternoon, a downtown Los Angeles jury of five men and seven women found Wilkins guilty of second-degree murder, DUI causing injury, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher and leaving the scene of an accident, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Wilkins was a substance abuse counselor in Torrance, authorities said at the time of her arrest.
Deputy District Attorneys John Harlan and Saman Ahmadpour prosecuted the case, saying “Wilkins consciously disregarded her victim as a human being,” according to a news release from the DA’s office.
“As she unsealed each container of alcohol, she unleashed death on Phillip Moreno,” Harlan argued in closing argument, according to the DA’s office.
Wilkins had two prior burglary convictions, the DA’s office said when she was initially charged