Memphis woman sentenced in vehicular homicide of 2 boys

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Memphis woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to reckless vehicular homicide in the deaths of two 11-year-old boys last year.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office said Criminal Court Judge Glenn Wright sentenced 27-year-old Sparkel Hastings on Tuesday. A news release from Weirich’s office said Wright denied Hastings’ request for diversion or probation.

She was given consecutive sentences of five years each for the deaths of Joshua McDowell and Darryl Howard. She also pleaded guilty last month to aggravated assault and driving without a license and was given concurrent sentences of five years on each.

Hastings’ vehicle hit the two boys as they walked along a sidewalk in Memphis on Jan. 24, 2015. Investigators said she was driving erratically.

Hastings has been in jail since the crash.

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