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Teen charged in Clinton County crash that killed 2 sisters pleads guilty to reckless homicide

Alia Sierra walks into court on August 18, 2017

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. — The teen driver accused of crashing her car into a Clinton County home and killing two sisters pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless homicide Thursday.

Clinton County Prosecutor Anthony Sommers said both sides agreed on terms for 18-year-old Alia Sierra’s plea. Each count carries a term of one to six years, meaning Sierra likely faces between two and 12 years. A judge will determine her ultimate sentence during a Nov. 15 sentencing hearing.

In August, an appeals court ruled that Sierra will face charges as an adult for the July 2017 crash that killed 17-year-old Haleigh Fullerton and 8-year-old Callie Fullerton. Her attorneys appealed the decision to waive the case from juvenile to adult court. Sierra was 17 at the time of the crash.

Investigators said Sierra was going more than 100 miles an hour when she lost control of the car. Other teens in the vehicle told police they asked her to slow down.

Police also said at the time that Sierra was high on opiates, but Sierra’s attorneys argued that further drug tests came back negative. The judge denied the request from Sierra’s attorneys to keep the case in juvenile court, saying the juvenile system doesn’t provide enough options for treatment or consequences.

Prosecutors said several charges related to intoxicated driving were dropped after the negative drug test.