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January 20, 2013

Alcohol treatment ordered by Landrith for woman guilty in boyfriend's death

Art Lawler Staff Writer adanewslawler@cableone.net
The Ada News

Ada —  

Jasmine Hope Cotter, 20, will get another six months to try to turn her troubled life around as a result of a blind plea made earlier this week.

When she was 19, the Midwest City woman had received a deferred 10-year sentence for manslaughter in the death of her former boyfriend, Damion Ruston, for driving under the influence under age 21.

Then, last year, Cotter was charged again with a DUI — this time her blood alcohol measuring  .17 or more than twice the legal limit.

The prosecution filed an application to accelerate Cotter’s deferred sentence after the most recent difficulties with the law.  

District Judge Tom Landrith held off on sentencing, though, and instead ordered her to an alcohol and drug treatment facility for six months.

She will return here to face the judge in June.

Cotter admitted to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer the night of her boyfriend’s death she  had “snapped” and ran over her boyfriend on Oct. 25, 2010, after the two had argued on State Highway 1 near Happyland.

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