Woman gets 20-40 years for killing ex in hit-and-run

A 20-year-old Detroit woman was sentenced Monday to 20-40 years in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend by running over him with her car.

Danisha Lashay Mathis pleaded guilty last month after she was found mentally competent to stand trial in the death of 26-year-old Terrence Lamond Ricks Jr.

Mathis struck Ricks about 9:15 p.m. June 13 on Seven Mile near Trinity on Detroit’s northwest side. Video from a surveillance camera showed Ricks trying to get out of the way of Mathis’ 2008 Ford Fusion.

Authorities said Mathis and Ricks had argued before the incident. Mathis fled after hitting Ricks and was arrested at her northwest-side home.

An autopsy done by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office showed Ricks died from massive injuries.

Under a plea agreement, Mathis pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to second-degree murder; she had been charged with first-degree murder.

Mathis apologized to Ricks’ family Monday. The victim’s father and an aunt spoke at the sentencing.

Mathis’ attorney told a Detroit judge during a preliminary examination in July there was not enough evidence to prove she should be tried for premeditated murder.

The judge disagreed, saying it appeared Mathis was intentionally driving the car in Ricks’ direction.


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