WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) - A mother who was driving drunk when she crashed, killing her two daughters, has been sentenced to a year in prison and three years of house arrest.
Prosecutors said Melissa Patton pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence.
Authorities say Patton had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit and was driving 87 mph on a two-lane road early New Year's Day when she lost control of her SUV.
Investigators say Patton's daughters, 4-year-old Saryia and 1-year-old Taniyia, were killed.
Prosecutors and troopers asked for a longer sentence. Patton was sentenced to five years in prison suspended to one year behind bars and three years of house arrest. She also will have to serve 500 hours of public service talking about the dangers of drunken driving.
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