Woman sentenced to 9 years for DWI crash that killed daughter

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Macklyn Lucas Macklyn Lucas
Samantha Jones Samantha Jones
SMITHVILLE, Mo. (AP/KAKE) -

A 32-year-old Missouri woman has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed her 5-year-old daughter.

Samantha Jones, of Smithville, was sentenced Friday for driving while intoxicated. Prosecutors say that Jones was driving drunk in June 2018 when she lost control of her car near Camden Point and hit a telephone pole. Jones' daughter, Macklyn Lucas, was sitting the car's back seat and suffered a head injury. She died at an area hospital.

Platte County Prosecutor Erick Zahnd said Jones' blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit about two hours after the crash.

Prosecutors said Jones admitted to drinking two bottles of wine in about 3 1/2 hours, according to KMBC. Prosecutors said before leaving the party, Jones posted photos of full wine glasses and a photo with her daughter on social media with the hashtag #momsneeddrinks.

"Moms need to put their kids first. Moms need to protect their children. Moms need to obey the law,” Zahnd said. “Moms must not get behind the wheel of a car after they’ve had drinks.”

Several people supporting Jones attended the hearing. Her attorney asked the court to give Jones probation, arguing that knowing she killed her daughter would be punishment enough.

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