Montana woman sentenced for death of Oak Ridge man

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A 27-year-old Montana woman has been sentenced to just over three years in federal prison for a drunken driving crash that killed a Tennessee motorcyclist near Glacier National Park.

The U.S. attorney's office says Ronda Renee Bird of Browning was sentenced Monday for the July 2010 death of Fred Childress of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Bird pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in March.

Prosecutors alleged Bird had been drinking and was traveling 46 mph around a sharp curve north of East Glacier when her pickup crossed the center line and struck the motorcycle.

Court records say Bird's blood-alcohol level was 0.06 about four hours after the crash. A person with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 is considered legally drunk.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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