More than a year after seriously injuring a cyclist in the Stephenville Kiwanis 2010 Firecracker 100 Bike Ride and Race, an Erath County woman has been sent to prison.
Katrina Kay Winnie, 60, plead guilty to intoxicated assault with serious bodily injury - a third-degree felony - last week, according to District Attorney Jason Cashon.
Victim Terry Woods escaped death in the July 3, 2010 incident after completing about 60 miles of her 100-mile cycling goal. Winnie's vehicle struck Woods from behind at about 70 mph.
In weighing the impact on Woods and threat to the general public, Cashon said Thursday there was only one deal he was willing to offer in the case - the maximum term of confinement - 10 years in prison.
"We had evidence of the defendant having continually committing similar offenses," Cashon said. "She would not refrain from driving while intoxicated."
Winnie was reportedly recently arrested in Hearne for driving while intoxicated.
"My concern was that while she was driving, someone was at risk," Cashon. "I recommended the maximum confinement hoping she would get counseling while she is confined and not continue such conduct when she is released."
Winnie was initially scheduled to enter a guilty plea earlier this month, but the proceeding was postponed after she reported attempted to commit suicide.
According to Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant, Winnie was transported from the Erath County Jail to prison Monday.