Woman gets 10 years for deadly DUI crash


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A South Kingstown woman has pleaded no contest to charges for hitting and killing a 75-year-old woman two years ago.

A judge sentenced Leslie Morales, 30, to 10 years in prison with seven to serve at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston followed by three years of probation.

State prosecutors for Attorney General Peter Neronha’s office said Morales was drunk while behind the wheel, driving on Old Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown around 6 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2017, when she veered off the road and hit Mary Kemp, who was out on her evening walk.

Morales pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence with death resulting and reckless driving with death resulting.

In addition to the seven years of prison time, Morales must pay a $5,000 fine. Once she’s released, her driver’s license will be suspended for at least five years. She’ll also have to attend alcohol counseling and perform 50 hours of community service.

Kemp, who was known by her middle name, Faith, left behind a husband and daughter and following the crash, neighbors described her as kind and caring to all.

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