Drunk driver sentenced to over 6 years in prison for vehicular homicide


The Vienna woman who killed an 87-year-old woman in Utica while driving drunk has been sentenced to more than six years in state prison.

Jennifer L. Pritchard, 43, of 3571 McConnellsville Road, was sentenced by County Court Judge Robert L. Bauer July 9 to 6 1/2 to 19 years in state prison on one count each of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Pritchard admitted in court to drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Police said Pritchard was eastbound on Oriskany Street in Utica at about 2:25 p.m. Feb. 26 when her Volkswagen crossed the double solid lines and crashed into an oncoming Honda, driven by Janet Moskal, 87, of Utica. Both women were hospitalized for their injuries, and authorities said Moskal died several days later.

Also in County Court:

• A trial date was set at Aug. 20 for Nena Loveland, 26, of 7 Martin Court, Annsville, charged with attempted second-degree arson. Authorities said at about 1:45 a.m. Jan. 31, Loveland set fire to her mobile home while several other people were asleep inside. One person was treated for burns at a local hospital.

• Curtis A. Thompson, 20, of 611 N. Madison St., pleaded guilty before Judge Michael L. Dwyer July 5 to attempted second-degree robbery. His case was adjourned for sentencing to Sept. 5.

Authorities said on Jan. 28, 2016, Thompson knocked a 79-year-old woman to the ground and tried to steal her purse in the Black River Shopping Plaza on Black River Boulevard. Authorities said Thompson fled after failing to get the woman’s purse, and he was identified and taken into custody two years later through DNA testing.

• Paul True, 62, of 8115 Cider St., Oriskany, was sentenced by Judge Dwyer June 29 to six months house arrest and 10 years probation on a charge of first-degree sex abuse.

The indictment said True had sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in Whitestown.


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