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A local woman whose friend died as the result of her driving intoxicated last year pleaded guilty to three charges Wednesday.

Amy Michelle Owens, 35, of Stafford was driving south on U.S. 1 in the area of the Stafford Wayside near Carnaby Street when she lost control of her Mazda and ended up in a ravine late on June 18, 2012.

Sharon Elizabeth Oxley, 44, died in the crash. Oxley lived with Owens at the time.

Owens Wednesday pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving while her license was revoked for DUI. Two other charges were dropped.

It is the fourth time since 2004 that Owens has been convicted of DUI, court records show.

She will face a mandatory minimum of two years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 28 and could get as much as 20 years.

According to prosecutor Andrea Stewart, the evidence showed that Owens had a large amount of Xanax in her system at the time of the accident.

A witness told Trooper E.S. Frye that she was heading south on U.S. 1 about 10 p.m. that night when a 1990 Mazda 626 sped past her.

The car went from the left side of the road to the right shoulder, then back to the left again, where it struck a guardrail and went into the ravine.

The witness stopped and heard Oxley moaning, “Help me, help me,” according to the evidence. Oxley was taken to a local hospital, where she died the next morning.

Frye testified at an earlier hearing that Owens told him she’d taken Xanax the previous day and Percocet the day before that. He said her speech was slurred and she admitted using drugs.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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