The Wells woman who killed a Gorham limousine driver and his teenage passenger from Portland when she drove the wrong way on the Maine Turnpike last year was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday.

Donna Bartlett, 40, pleaded guilty to seven of the 15 counts that prosecutors had originally charged her with and received her sentence at a York County Superior Court hearing before Justice G. Arthur Brennan. Bartlett was convicted of two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated criminal OUI, one count of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless conduct, court records indicate.

On April 28, 2008, Bartlett drank alcohol at a friend’s house before leaving in her SUV and driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the turnpike from the Wells exit. According to an affidavit by Maine State Police Trooper Philip Alexander, Bartlett sideswiped one car and nearly hit several others before she slammed head-on, in York, into a limousine driven by James McLaughlin, 65, of Gorham. McLaughlin and passenger Cooper Campbell, 15, of Portland, were dead when Alexander arrived at the scene. Campbell’s father, Steven Campbell, 49, of Portland, was injured in the crash.

Bartlett’s sentence for the seven charges totaled 40 years in prison, but parts of it are to run concurrently, and all but eight years were suspended. She will also lose her driver’s license for 20 years and pay fines of $4,200, according to court records.

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