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Court upholds felony homicide conviction in Virginia hit-and-run

Posted: 5:48 PM, Feb 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-23 17:55:39-05
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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a woman serving 22 years in prison for fatally running over a friend with her SUV.

Forty-four-year-old Sarah Flanders of Virginia Beach was sentenced in 2017 after being convicted of second-degree felony murder and felony hit-and-run in the 2014 death of 47-year-old Richard Pentz.

Pentz was run over two days after police responded to an argument between the two.

Flanders argued that the evidence was insufficient to support her felony-homicide conviction.

The Supreme Court agreed with an appeal court that hit-and-run with malice can serve as the predicate offense for felony homicide.