MORGANTON -- A Hickory woman was sentenced to at least 28 years in prison Monday after being found guilty in a fatal collision last year in Burke County.
Amie Jo Skeens, 38, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of death by motor vehicle, and DWI. A jury deliberated about two hours before returning the verdict in the trial, which lasted four days in Burke County Superior Court.
Judge Michael O’Foghludha sentenced Skeens to a term of 340 months (28 years and 4 months) to 426 months (35 years and 6 months).
The N.C. Highway Patrol says Skeens was driving a Chrysler minivan on the evening of Oct. 25, 2011, on Airport Rhodhiss Road when her vehicle crossed the center line and slammed into a motorcycle driven by Stephen Moody, 42.
Moody and his son, Kevin, 19, were killed in the crash. Both men were from Connelly Springs.
Prosecutors say 911 calls from citizens helped troopers make an arrest in the case.
“Our hope is that this conviction will send a message that impaired driving has horrible consequences and serious repercussions,” District Attorney James Gaither Jr. said.