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A South Kingstown woman has been convicted in the August 2017 death of a 75-year-old woman while driving under the influence and has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison.

Leslie Morales, 30, appeared Monday before Judge Melanie Wilk Thunberg in Washington Country Superior Court and entered a no contest plea to charges of DUI resulting in death, and reckless driving resulting in death. The plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors from the Rhode Island Attorney General's office, according to court records.

Under the agreement, Morales was given a 10-year sentence, with seven to serve at the Adult Correctional Institutions and three years of probation. She was also fined $5,000, and will be required to complete alcohol counseling, and 50 hours of community service upon release.

According to the prosecutors and court documents, Morales struck South Kingstown resident Mary Kemp, a pedestrian, while trying to turn onto Narragansett Avenue from Old Tower Road in South Kingstown on Aug. 7, 2017. Kemp was taken by ambulance to South County Hospital and later pronounced dead.

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