Woman Won't Serve Prison Time in Crash That Killed 2 People

A Vermont woman who authorities say drove high on heroin and caused a crash that killed two people won't serve prison time.

Maria Carlson was sentenced Tuesday in St. Albans to 2 to 12 years. She was behind bars for 20 months while awaiting her trial. The judge ordered she spend six months in home confinement and the rest of the sentence under supervision.

She pleaded guilty in January to charges of drugged driving with death resulting and gross negligent operation for the Swanton crash that killed 68-year-old Diane Bohannon and 67-year-old Robert Benjamin.

Prosecutors say the 36-year-old Carlson caused the September 2015 wreck and then needed to be revived with Narcan, an opiate overdose reversal drug. 

Police say a syringe and a bag of heroin were found in her car.

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