Ex-substance abuse counselor found guilty of murder, DUI

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52
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.


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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