Chesapeake woman sentenced in fatal hit-and-run case

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A 72-year-old Chesapeake woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run was sentenced Wednesday in district court.

Audrey Murphy entered the Chesapeake courtroom in a wheelchair, wearing a Hampton Roads Regional Jail uniform. She pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges: failing to take a blood/alcohol test and DUI.

Police say Murphy was driving her Mercedes when she rear-ended a Ford SUV in late February. Ten minutes after leaving the scene, police tracked her down and discovered she was drunk.

A judge sentenced Murphy to two years with a suspended license, a $500 fine, and a 30-day suspended jail sentence. Her defense attorney, Sonny Stallings, told he will appeal the judge’s decision.

“It’s very unusual. This lady has absolutely no [criminal] record. She is 72 years of age, and to have an incident like this at her age without any criminal past is very unusual,” Stallings said. “We don’t see that too often.”

Murphy still faces two felony charges in this case, manslaughter DUI and hit-and-run. Stallings said the case now moves to circuit court for those charges. He plans to make his appeal of Wednesday’s decision to circuit court so all four charges can be dealt with together.

“It’s very tragic that someone at [Murphy’s] age would be involved in something so tragic, that this family had to go through as well,” Stallings said. “She’s very remorseful about what happened to the victim in this case.”

Murphy is expected to face a circuit court judge in a couple months.

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