IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A lady was sentenced to a minimum of 70 years in jail for causing the deaths of two bicyclists who have been hit whereas collaborating in a charity journey in western Michigan.

The choose in Ionia County stacked two 35-year phrases for Mandy Benn, a uncommon consecutive punishment. Most sentences in Michigan courts run concurrently.

Police mentioned Benn was below the affect of medicine when she crossed the middle line and hit a gaggle of bicyclists on a rural street in 2022.

Edward Erickson, 48, of Ann Arbor, and Michael Salhaney, 57, of Bloomfield Hills, have been killed whereas using in a three-day endurance occasion for the Make-A-Want Basis.

“This isn’t an accident. … There was a collection of selections you made sooner or later to ingest this cocktail of narcotics and that led to every thing we noticed,” Choose Ronald Schafer mentioned Tuesday.

In October, Benn, 44, was convicted of second-degree homicide and a raft of different fees.

She apologized in courtroom on Tuesday and skim out the names of the lifeless and injured bicyclists.

“I do know you haven’t seen a lot of it however I’m very a lot so sorry,” Benn mentioned. “I by no means in my life had any intent of injuring anybody. One second — that second — modified the result of lots of futures.”

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