Woman Who Hit and Killed 5-year-old Triplet Gets 13 Years

NORTH PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) _ A woman who authorities say drove her Jeep onto a Tampa Bay area lawn and killed a 5-year-old girl has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Circuit Judge Michael Andrews also on Tuesday ordered Betty-Jo Tagerson to serve five years of probation following her prison sentence.

He also permanently revoked her driver’s license.

A jury in January found Tagerson guilty of vehicular homicide, culpable negligence manslaughter and two counts of reckless driving stemming from the November 2010 crash.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/H874Qp ) reports Tagerson lost control of her vehicle following an argument with her boyfriend and ran over Delaney Rossman and her triplet sisters Isabella and Gabrielle were playing.

The girls’ mother, Danielle Malm, had asked the judge to sentence Tagerson to 25 years in prison.