Seven Years for Heather Cook

Ian Duncan writes for The Baltimore Sun:

Former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for killing a cyclist in a drunken crash days after Christmas.

Cook, 59, pleaded guilty last month to automobile manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old Thomas Palermo, a married father of two young children. She was taken into custody at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing Wednesday.

The case outraged cyclists and shook the church. Prosecutors said Cook had almost three times the legal level of alcohol in her blood and was texting while driving at the time of the crash Dec. 27.

Prosecutors wanted a sentence of 10 years followed by probation, but the judge handling the case had said he might hand down less time.

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