A motorist who was drunk when she crashed her vehicle into a South Los Angeles apartment building, killing a sleeping woman, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in state prison.

Connie Jo Howard, now 61, pleaded no contest last October to one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a 0.08% blood-alcohol content causing injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Howard’s vehicle crashed into a bedroom of an apartment building near Main Street and 87th Place on July 3, 2019, killing Nicole Marks as the 44-year-old woman slept next to her toddler daughter, who was not seriously injured.

Howard’s passenger suffered serious injuries in the crash, according to the District Attorney’s Office. She was also taken to a hospital for treatment that day.

Howard was arrested six days later by the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division and has remained behind bars since then, jail records show.

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