PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence woman who struck two Brown University students in a drunken-driving, hit-and-run accident in 2011 has been sentenced to a year in a minimum-security prison with work release followed by two years of home confinement.
Thirty-two-year-old Jessica Paden was sentenced Tuesday in Providence Superior Court after offering a tearful apology to the victims. Paden pleaded guilty to drunken driving and other charges.
She will be allowed to leave prison to work during the one-year sentence. She mentors children of prison inmates.
Paden struck the two students on a sidewalk on the city’s East Side. Juliana Unanue of Puerto Rico suffered a broken leg and Amanda Chew of Singapore suffered a concussion and memory loss. Both women are now 21.
Paden also will lose her driver’s license for two years.