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Ex-substance abuse counselor found guilty of murder, DUI

Ex-substance abuse counselor found guilty of murder, DUI
Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, was found guilty of murder, driving under the influence and other charges in connection with a 2012 accident that left a man dead in Torrance. (KTLA-TV Channel 5)

A former substance abuse counselor was found guilty Tuesday of murder and other charges after driving for two miles with a 31-year-old man stuck in her windshield, authorities said.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, was charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a 0.08 percent or higher blood-alcohol level in connection with the November 2012 collision that killed Phillip Moreno

A downtown Los Angeles jury reached the guilty verdict, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Sentencing was scheduled for March 26.

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Wilkins was a substance abuse counselor in Torrance, where the collision occurred.

She allegedly drove more than two miles with Moreno stuck in her windshield until a crowd of witnesses surrounded the car and detained her until police arrived. Moreno was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Wilkins had two prior burglary convictions and faces life in prison because of the third strike, the district attorney's office said when she was charged in 2012.


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