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Associated Press, Published June 17 2013

ND woman gets prison for involuntary manslaughter

BISMARCK — A North Dakota woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for driving while drunk and killing two passengers.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon announced Monday that 28-year-old Barbara Iron Hawk, of Cannonball, was sentenced to four years in prison for two counts of involuntary manslaughter. The sentences will run consecutively, for a total of eight years. She also must pay more than $130,000 in restitution.

Iron Hawk earlier pleaded guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors say Iron Hawk, who had 20 prior criminal violations involving alcohol, was driving on Highway 24 in November while intoxicated. While attempting to over-correct, Iron Hawk flipped the car multiple times. Two passengers died from injuries sustained in the crash.


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