MINNEAPOLIS - A St. Paul woman who admitted she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she struck and killed a college student in Minneapolis has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Teisha Randle earlier pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the October death of Austin Conley, a 20-year-old Augsburg College student. During an emotional sentencing hearing in Hennepin County District Court Monday, the victim's father, Earl Conley, told Randle that although it's a struggle, he forgives her for the death of his son.
Randle told the court when she pleaded guilty that she was celebrating a pregnancy that night by mixing wine with a painkiller. Witnesses told investigators she was drinking from a bottle of straight liquor at one point in the night before speeding through downtown Minneapolis and killing Conley.
Randle has since terminated the pregnancy.
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