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Mercurio sentenced for auto homicide

Sun Advocate associate editor

Jamie Lynn Mercurio, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to automobile homicide in the August 2011 death of Aaron Simms, was sentenced to a year in Carbon County Jail and three years probation Monday. She was also ordered to pay a $750 fine.

Seventh Judicial District Court Judge George M. Harmond suspended an indeterminate sentence of up to five years in Utah State Prison for the third degree felony. Mercurio, 31, had originally been charged with a second degree felony for auto homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She entered an agreement to plead guilty to the reduced charge on Feb. 15.

Mercurio had been driving westbound on Ridge Road on the morning of Aug. 4 when her car drifted across the center line and off the south shoulder of the road, striking and killing Simms. The 31-year-old Price man had been pulling weeds about 10 feet off the road in front of the Nielson Construction office

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