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Sierra Nicole Wood (mug shot BCSO)
A teenager from Barry County has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for a May 2010 drunk driving crash that claimed the life of another teen.
Sierra Nicole Wood, 19, of Purdy, made the surprise plea as 62 potential jurors waited outside the courtroom just as her trial was set to get underway this morning in Barry County.
Prosecutors Johnnie Cox says Wood was drunk when she lost control of her 2002 Chevy, ran off the road and flipped the vehicle on Missouri 76 just west of Cassville. 17 year-old Jessica Nicole Pettengill was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Jessica Nicole Pettengill (family photo)
Pettengill and another passenger in the vehicle, Ronald R. Torrey, 18 at the time of the crash, were not wearing seat belts according to the Highway Patrol crash report.
Wood is scheduled to be sentenced June 19th.


MADD said...

The drunks always live. Take your 7 years in prison and run !!!. If I had my way you'd be held accountable to the same level as all the other murderers.

Anonymous said...

That's not true as all 3 teens were drunk, it was jessicas car but She was so drunk She passed out.this is just another sad example of adults providing alcohol to our children,and until they stop doing this there will be many young lives lost and ruined!!

car accident attorney Brazoria said...

It is unfortunate that a lot of teenagers are indeed involved in drunk driving incidents. It is very sad to note that at very young ages, they are convicted with such acts. Hopefully, more teenage drivers would be responsible so that similar incidents can be prevented.