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Bemidji woman gets prison time in death of Proctor woman

     A sobbing Bemidji woman was sentenced to 58 months in prison for the death of a female motorcyclist and the serious injury to her husband after she’d spent the night drinking.

     Victoria Whitefeather, 23, told witnesses at the scene of the northern Hubbard county crash that she had "10-plus shots and eight-plus mixed drinks the evening before" the crash.

     Tracy Renae Childs 51, of Proctor died on the way to the hospital. Her husband, Robert, 47, was seriously injured when Whitefeather passed out on Hubbard County Road 36 the following morning and struck the motorcycle the couple was traveling on. The accident occurred at 9:50 a.m. on Aug. 25, 2013.

     Robert Childs was seriously injured and limped into Hubbard County District Court Friday afternoon for the sentencing.

     With good time, Whitefeather will serve 38 1/3 months in prison, with 19 2/3 months on supervised probation.

     Judge Robert Tiffany denied a motion to place Whitefeather on probation, noting a juvenile record with numerous alcohol violations.

     “You made choices,” the judge said. “You ended the life of a very good person.”

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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