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Woman gets 20 years for role in fatal wreck

A Tennessee woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges she was facing in connection with a fatal traffic accident in 2007.

Tammy Baker, 33, of Lafollete, Tenn., pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Jason Allan Robinson, a passenger in her vehicle, and one count of seconddegree assault as a result of serious injuries suffered by another passenger, Ricky Dingus. Baker also pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering two other passengers, Mark D. Baker and Greg Ratliff, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and speeding.

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright ordered Baker to serve a split sentence of 20 years — 10 years in prison and 10 years on probation. Wright also ordered Baker to reimburse $8,500 in funeral expenses for Jason Robinson to Rodney Robinson and $150,000 for medical expenses incurred by Dingus.

Robinson, Dingus, Mark Baker and Ratliff were passengers in Baker’s car when she lost control of the vehicle and hit a utility pole and chain-link fence in Fleming- Neon on Sept. 30, 2007.

Baker was originally charged by a Letcher County grand jury with murder, assault, two counts of wanton endangerment, speeding, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and criminal mischief.

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