Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lincoln County Woman Gets 19 Years after Hitting, Killing Boyfriend with SUV

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lincoln County Woman Gets 19 Years after Hitting, Killing Boyfriend with SUV

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LINCOLN COUNTY * A woman from Lincoln County was sentenced Friday to 19 years in prison for running down and killing her boyfriend with her SUV, then leaving the scene.

A jury on Dec. 14 found Paulette Lee Eaker, 53, guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of William Solomon Horstman in April 2015. She also was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.

Marion County Circuit Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd sentenced Eaker on Friday to 15 years on the manslaughter conviction and four years on the other charge. The judge followed the recommendation of the jury. The sentences are to run consecutively.

Eaker, of the first block of Chapman Lane west of Winfield, Mo., also must pay a $5,000 fine.

According to authorities, Eaker said she struck and killed Horstman, 52, with her vehicle because he wouldn't move out of the way. …

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