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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Northern Kentucky Woman Pleads Guilty to Fatal Crash in 2018

Emily Sherry, 24, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
By Jessie Eden

A Northern Kentucky woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter after driving under the influence and killing a 37-year-old man in April 2018.

Emily Sherry, 24, will receive 17 and a half years in prison for the death of Robert Ransdell.

Under Kentucky law, Sherry will need to serve 85% of her sentence before she is eligible to see the parole board. Since Sherry was arrested in late May 2018 which included a one million dollar cash bond on her charges, she has served about two years in the Campbell County Detention Center.

This means Sherry will serve about 13 additional years before she is even eligible for parole. 

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On April 21, 2018, Sherry wrecked her car into Robert Ransdell's Toyota Camry on I-275 in April 2018. Police say Sherry was driving when she struck Randsdell's car. His car went off the road and flipped multiple times before colliding with a tree.

When police arrived on scene, Ransdell was pinned under the front tire of his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sherry was found in the driver's seat and intoxicated to such an "extraordinary degree" officers felt it would have been unsafe for her to perform standard sobriety tests, they wrote in a complaint to Campbell County District Court.

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Sherry was charged with a DUI on April 21...but it took a few weeks to formalize the murder charge and obtain a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested on the murder charge about a month later.

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According to initial reports, a lab test showed her blood alcohol concentration at .422; a follow-up test maxed out Kentucky State Police's measuring equipment at .307, and lab officials estimated it might be much higher. According to the University of Notre Dame's McDonald Center, any BAC level over .4 can lead to coma and even "death due to respiratory arrest."

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