WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced to jail a motorist convicted of reckless homicide for painting her nails while she struck and killed a 56-year-old motorcyclist.
In sentencing 49-year-old Lora Hunt on Thursday to 18 months of periodic imprisonment, Lake County Circuit Judge Fred Foreman rejected prosecutors request for a prison term for Hunt.
The sentence means Hunt will spend her nights in jail, but will be free during the day to work or receive medical care or mental health counseling.
Prosecutors argued Hunt of Morris was being criminally reckless as she drove at about 50 mph toward an intersection on May 2, 2009.
Anita Zaffke of Lake Zurich was stopped at a traffic signal when she was struck.
In addition to jail time, Foreman placed Hunt on 30 months probation and ordered her to serve 240 hours of community service.
Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index
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