SHERIDAN — A woman accused of hitting two bicyclists, killing one and severely wounding the other, has changed her plea and is scheduled to be sentenced in February.
Hannah Terry, 34, accepted a plea agreement and changed her plea from not guilty to guilty Dec. 18.
Terry was arrested May 31 when the vehicle she was driving left its lane and hit Larry Hurst and his wife, Sara Hurst, who were riding their bicycles on U.S. 87 just south of Sheridan. Larry Hurst was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana, in critical condition.
According to a court affidavit, Wyoming Highway Patrol officer Dave Motsick found Terry to be impaired, but not with alcohol. He requested an officer trained in drug recognition, and Sheridan Police officer Kelly Waugh responded to the scene of the incident. He administered a one-legged stand test and a walk and turn test and found Terry to be impaired. She told him she had spinal issues that required medications, including hydrocodone and oxycontin. Terry was arrested at the scene.
Terry was charged with one count of aggravated homicide by vehicle and one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance causing serious bodily injury. Both charges are felonies. Aggravated homicide by vehicle carries a prison sentence of not more than 20 years and a fine of not more than $10,000. The second count carries a prison sentence of not more than 10 years and a fine between $2,000-5,000.
Terry was also cited for misdemeanor driving without compulsory liability insurance, but the citation was dropped when it was discovered her vehicle was covered by Progressive Insurance.
Court records show that Terry accepted a plea agreement Nov. 24. The terms of the agreement recommend a sentence of eight to 12 years in prison for the aggravated homicide by vehicle charge and a sentence of six to 10 years for the charge of driving under the influence of a controlled substance with serious bodily injury. The conditions of the agreement also recommend the sentence for the second count be suspended in favor of a 10-year probation that would begin at the completion of the sentence for the first count.
Plea agreements are recommendations, and judges are not required to adhere to the terms of the agreement. The agreement, while it has been accepted, is also pending an investigation to verify Terry has nothing in her background that might nullify the agreement.
Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22.