A Flemingsburg woman faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to felony charges related to a 2016 crash that killed a Lexington man.
Ashley Ishmael, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and being a persistent felony offender. Her previous felony conviction was in 2014 for criminal possession of a forged instrument.
A year ago, Ishmael was driving west on U.S. 421 when her vehicle crossed the center line into the eastbound lane and crashed into a 2004 Hyundai driven by Darinel Ricon Hernandez, 25, Kentucky State Police said at the time. Hernandez died at the scene. Ishmael suffered minor injuries.
In exchange for Ishmael’s plea, Woodford Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Keith Eardley said the state will not pursue a charge of tampering with evidence. Ishmael allegedly damaged a monitoring device when she removed it from her ankle while released on bond.
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However, Ishmael will have to pay restitution of about $550 for the ankle monitor, Eardley said.
Because the manslaughter charge was enhanced by the persistent-felony count, Ishmael was not eligible for probation, Eardley said.
Woodford Circuit Judge Jeremy Mattox scheduled sentencing for Nov. 1.