A Perry County woman has been sentenced to 3-6 years in prison for a crash that killed three of her grandchildren.
Laurie Hatfield, 50, of Duncannon, received the penalty Wednesday during a hearing that erupted into protests from her family as the sentence was read in a Dauphin County courtroom.
First Deputy District Attorney Fran Chardo told abc27 News that three of Hatfield's family members, upset that she was given prison time instead of house arrest, were cited with disorderly conduct and released.
Among the family members cited was Luke Stump, the father of the three children who died in the April 10, 2010 crash, who was so upset that he threatened to kill his ex-wife and the mother of the children, Chardo said.
Five-year-old Luke Stump Jr., two-year-old Troy Stump and his twin sister Megyn all died at the scene of the crash along Route 22/322 north of Dauphin.
Hatfield in July pleaded no contest to 18 counts, including three counts each of homicide by vehicle, endangering the welfare of children, and reckless endangerment.
According to court documents, she was fleeing the scene of a minor accident, was driving between 95 and 105 miles per hour, and did not have the children properly secured in her 2001 Ford Taurus station wagon when it left the eastbound lanes and went over a steep embankment.
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