WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – A New York woman who says she was high on angel dust when her vehicle struck and killed an 8-year-old Waterbury boy has been sentenced to prison.

Natasha Kinion was ordered to serve 14 years of a 25-year sentence, and will must return to prison for the remaining 11 years if she fails to meet terms of her release.

Police say the 33-year-old Brooklyn woman crashed her Jeep Cherokee through a fence and yard in Waterbury on July 14, 2006.

Her vehicle veered back onto the street and hit 8-year-old Royel Taft, who had been playing basketball with his brother and friends.

The boy died of head injuries less than an hour later.

Kinion was convicted of manslaughter, drug charges and driving violations after entering a plea of no contest. Royel’s family opposed the sentence, asking the judge to impose the 30-year maximum.


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