Suspended sentence given in DUI-manslaughter case
A Gloucester woman who has been incarcerated since April 29 when she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence received a suspended sentence in Gloucester Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Judge R. Bruce Long sentenced Deborah Sue Auman, 54, to five years in prison for the manslaughter conviction but suspended all of the term except for the time she has served awaiting sentencing.
Auman additionally received a suspended 90-day sentence for the DUI conviction and was fined $500, with half of that amount suspended. She was also ordered to complete ASAP and her driver’s license was suspended for a year.
Auman was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy southbound on Route 17 in June of last year when she struck 54-year-old Alvin Darnell Wilson, who was walking along the roadside. Wilson died at the scene just north of Hickory Fork Road at White Marsh.
Auman was not injured but was transported to have her blood alcohol content measured after a state trooper detected the odor of alcohol. Her blood alcohol content was determined to be .08 following the 6 a.m. accident. Auman, who admitted to consuming alcohol the previous night, told the trooper the accident occurred when she reached for a cup of coffee in a cup holder.