Man sentenced in death of wife who fell from moving truck

Published 01-29-2019

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in the death of his wife, who had been thrown to the ground while clinging to a truck he was driving.

The Advocate reports 42-year-old Kalvin Hawkins was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in October to conspiracy to commit negligent homicide.

The Baton Rouge man and his wife, Shadelle Hawkins, were arguing when she climbed into the driver's seat of his pickup. He pulled her out of the truck and began driving away.

Shadelle Hawkins grabbed a driver-side door as her husband tried to pry her hands loose. Police say he abruptly stopped after driving about 300 feet (91.4 meters). His wife was thrown to the ground. Coroner's officials say she died from traumatic brain injury caused by blunt impact to the head.

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