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Cocaine-using white woman sentenced in black student killing

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

BEAR, Delaware (AP):

A Delaware woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to killing a man who was driving by her home.

The News Journal reports that Cheryl Jennings's lawyer insisted she was innocent at Monday's sentencing.

She blamed her husband, Ralph, for shooting 19-year-old Malcolm Evans, but prosecutors said they were satisfied she's the one who pulled the trigger.

Her attorney had argued that Jennings thought her home was being broken into when she ran outside and blocked the car of Evans, a Delaware State University student on his way to work at 4 a.m.

Prosecutors say phone data showed the black man, an aspiring neurosurgeon, could not have been "harassing" the home.

Jennings, who is white, had consumed cocaine and alcohol before the confrontation.