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Mar 26, 2014 7:25 AM by Associated Press

LA-area woman faces sentence for man-on-car murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield could get 45 years to life in prison.

That's the maximum sentence Sherry Lynn Wilkins faces at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.

A jury last month found the 52-year-old Wilkins guilty of second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run for the incident that killed 31-year-old Phillip Moreno in Torrance in November 2012.

Wilkins also has two previous felony convictions that make her eligible for California's three strikes law.

Prosecutors at trial said Wilkins' blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. They said that what she did to Moreno "struck at human dignity."

She testified at trial that she was a former addict who was "self-medicating" with alcohol while waiting for knee-replacement surgery.

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