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Lawrence woman sentenced to 12 years in drunken driving crash that killed Malden, Saugus residents

Posted by Your Town  November 29, 2013 11:02 AM

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Lawrence woman has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison after being convicted of causing a drunken driving crash that killed two.

Shayna Fernandez was also sentenced Wednesday to 10 years of probation.

The 23-year-old Fernandez was convicted in Essex Superior Court of manslaughter and other charges in connection with the June 2011 crash on Interstate 93 in North Andover.

Prosecutors say she was drunk and driving more than 90 miles per hour when she struck a trailer carrying a boat.

The driver of the SUV hauling the trailer, 62-year-old Francis O'Hanley of Saugus, and passenger 57-year-old Joseph Coppola of Malden, died. A third occupant survived.

They were headed to New Hampshire to go fishing.

Fernandez’s lawyer said his client is remorseful and sought a lighter sentence.

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