Woman Sentenced In Fatal ND Military Base Crash

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Texas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for a pickup truck crash on a North Dakota military base that killed a passenger.

Thirty-two-year-old Mary Burns of Dayton, Texas, entered an Alford plea to a charge of negligent homicide. That means she does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict her. She initially had pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

Authorities say Burns was driving drunk when she crashed her pickup through a fence and onto the North Dakota Air National Guard base in Fargo on Sept. 14. The crash killed her 55-year-old friend, Harold Pinkney Jr., of Toledo, Ohio.

Defense attorney Laura Reynolds says Burns was "highly intoxicated" and doesn't remember the crash. Attorneys in the case say Burns will undergo alcohol treatment.