WAKEFIELD — A judge has ordered Laura Reale, the 35-year-old Westerly woman convicted in the 2010 death of Charlestown resident Colin B. Foote, to serve the remainder of her suspended sentence after she violated the conditions of her release for the second time.
Laura Reale appeared Monday before Judge Melanie Wilk Thunberg in Washington County Superior Court and admitted violating the terms of her probation. The judge ordered Reale to serve the remaining two years of her sentence, the maximum time she could have received. She will be in prison through December 2020 with no chance of release.
Documents show that Reale's attorney, Michael P. Lynch, had requested no more than a month to serve. He told the court she was very sorry and indicated she would commit herself to rehab and recovery for substance abuse.
Westerly police arrested Reale on Feb. 15 after she was found in possession of a single Xanax pill during an investigation into complaints of a suspicious car parked not far from her home on Sacco Drive. Police said she was passed out in the passenger seat when officers approached the car. A police report said the driver, a man who was also slumped over at the time, was not charged.
The drug offense was her second in less than four years, according to court records.
Reale was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison after she was convicted in 2010 of running a red light at Route 1 and West Beach Road in Charlestown, striking and killing Foote, 27, who was on a motorcycle. She admitted during court hearings that she had smoked marijuana on the day of the crash, and had 19 moving traffic violations on her record and was driving with a suspended license when Foote was killed.
Reale served five years and five months of her sentence for driving to endanger, death resulting. She was released and, in August 2016, was arrested after court records indicated that she used had drugs and tried to avoid detection by submitting another person's urine sample to the court.
She was allowed to undergo rehabilitation — including 90 days of inpatient treatment — rather than serve the rest of her prison term.
In reaction to the case, state lawmakers in 2010 approved Colin's Law, which increased penalties for drivers who are convicted of four or more moving violations in an 18-month period.