For Immediate Release - May 15, 2009

Woman Sentenced To Prison After Fourth Drunk Driving Conviction

A Lawrence Superior Court jury today found Shelly King, 49, of 41 Millard Avenue, Lynn, guilty of operating under the influence of liquor, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

In a subsequent bench trial, Judge John Lu found her guilty of operating under the influence of alcohol, fourth offense. For that offense, he sentenced her to 4 ½ to 5 years in state prison.

In addition, King pled guilty to operating under the influence of liquor after her license had been suspended for OUI. For that, she was sentenced to 2 ½ years in the House of Correction, that sentence to be served from and after the completion of her state prison sentence. She was given a concurrent two-year sentence for the negligent operation conviction.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Kirshenbaum proved that early on the evening of January 26, 2008, King was under the influence of alcohol when she went over the center median at the intersection of Lynnfield Street and Broadway, and crashed into the front door of the Lazy Dog Sports Bar in Lynn.

King had admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel of her mother's red 2004 Mitsubishi, and police found a Coors Light can in her purse. There was also a small pool of beer in her car.

The jury deliberated for about 80 minutes before returning its verdict following the three-day trial. King was represented by Attorney Frank Sanchez.