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"Every day I try to put on a smile," says sister Rebecca Leonard. "I try to seek okay, but I'm not. I feel lost."
The family of the woman Benson killed is in court, explaining how this accident changed everything.
"Ms. Benson, my daughter will never come back," says mother Marty Leonard. "I'll never hear her laugh."
Steffanie Leonard's laugh was cut short in the early morning hours of February 22. Investigators say Benson was so drunk she didn't even realize she was driving. As part of her sentence, Benson will have to spend time speaking to high school and college students.
"As much as it can be done," says sister Jennifer Leonard. "Justice has been served."
It's something this family says is important. They feel Steffanie's memory will live on if Benson helps others understand what can happen if you get behind the wheel drunk. Rebecca Benson has not spoken to Leonard's family, but she did write them a letter recently, saying she was sorry about the accident.
Monday, November 19 2012, 08:24 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
Asia stocks rise as Fed official backs easy policy
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher today after investor confidence was boosted by a Federal Reserve official's comments that the U.S. central bank should stick with its super-easy monetary policy.
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