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Drug Counselor Who Drove With Dead Man in Windshield Guilty of Murder After DUI

BREAKING: A former substance abuse counselor was found guilty of murder, DUI and other charges Tuesday. </p>
<p>Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, was accused of driving for more than 2 miles with a 31-year-old man lodged in her windshield. She stopped only when witnesses surrounded her car and detained her until police arrived.</p>
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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

Source: http://ktla.com

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