A Billings woman who admitted to a felony charge for crashing an SUV into a house while driving drunk was sentenced Tuesday in District Court.
April Dawn Trewhella, 32, was ordered by Judge Gregory Todd to serve a three-year deferred sentence for felony criminal endangerment. He also ordered her to pay a $1,000 fine.
Todd ordered Trewhella to serve a concurrent six-month jail term, suspended, and fined her $600 for misdemeanor DUI, her second drunken-driving offense.
The sentence followed a negotiated plea agreement with the exception of Trewhella's participation in the Impaired Driving Court treatment program. Trewhella didn't qualify for the program, a prosecutor said, because an evaluation determined she was not chemically dependent.
Trewhella apologized before she was sentenced.
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Trewhella was charged for an incident last Aug. 11 when she was driving a GMC Yukon that crashed into a house on Granger Avenue at about 1:48 a.m.
Trewhella is the daughter-in-law of Merry Jane Trewhella, a longtime Billings educator who was killed by a drunken driver in 2010.
Merry Jane Trewhella's husband, John Trewhella, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Billings Police Department in January 2012.
The lawsuit alleges officers were negligent when they failed to arrest the drunken driver two hours before the fatal crash when she was found passed out behind the wheel of a pickup truck.
According to court records, a settlement was recently reached in the case, but terms of the agreement were not available on Tuesday.