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Sep 24, 2013 7:08 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News

Schescke sentenced for drunk-driving deaths

HELENA - Arielle Schescke, charged with two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, was sentenced in Helena on Tuesday.

The judge sentenced Schescke to 40 years with the Montana Department of Corrections, with 20 of those years suspended.

Schescke, 21, was charged after crashing into another vehicle head-on near East Helena on April 30th, 2013, killing 16-year-old Justine Smith and her 51-year-old grandmother, Mildred "Kay" Richards.

Schescke was also given 17 conditions to abide by when she is eventually released from behind bars, one of which is never to drive without permission or without an alcohol interlock device.

The 22-year-old mother of one could be eligible for parole in five years.

She was also sentenced to six months in jail for negligent vehicular assault against the passenger who was riding with her; she was given credit for time served on that portion of the sentence.

Schescke was also ordered to pay the family restitution in the amount of $3,623 and associated court costs.

She will be sent to the Montana Women's Prison in Billings to serve her time.

One of the extended family members said Schescke received less time than if she had had a loaded gun and randomly shot two people.

Schescke will be under state supervision and probation until she is 62-years-old.


Schescke sentenced for drunk-driving deaths

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