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Mom Gets 10 Years After 8-Year-Old Son Killed in DUI Wreck

Michel Hallor is living a mother's worst nightmare. Hallor's 8-year-old son Andrew was killed in 2011 when the SUV he was riding in flipped on Highway 89 near Wilhoit.

While Hallor wasn't the driver of the SUV, she failed to make sure Andrew was buckled up. She also happened to have a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit. On Monday, Hallor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the crash, The Daily Courier reports.

Hallor and her son were passengers in an SUV driven by William Swaggerty when the crash occurred. Swaggerty reportedly crossed the northbound lanes of the highway, causing the vehicle to roll 80 feet down a steep embankment.

Hallor, who was the front-seat passenger, was wearing a seatbelt. Andrew, however, was not. He was thrown from the SUV and died on impact.

Swaggerty is facing DUI-related charges, but maintains that he was not heavily impaired at the time of the accident. He's probably been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Under Arizona law, any person who recklessly kills someone while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is guilty of manslaughter. A conviction is punishable by up to 21 years in prison.

Hallor, on the other hand, reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.254 percent. That's more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Hallor pleaded guilty to one count of attempted child abuse for failing to buckle up her son and allowing him to ride with an alleged drunken driver. At her sentencing hearing, her parents asked the judge for leniency. "The death of Andrew has been a great punishment for my daughter," her mother Edna said.

"We not only lost Andrew, we lost our daughter," Hallor's father said. "The death of her son has just crushed her."

Hallor received the presumptive sentence of 10 years, with credit for the time she's already served behind bars.

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