Now, a judge has sentenced Hyland to five years of probation, along with a prison sentence of 20 years, should she violate the conditions of her probation, which includes long-term rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment. In court, Hyland’s public defender testified that she had struggled with substance abuse her entire life, using crack cocaine every day for 13 years, as well as alcohol, marijuana, prescription pain medication and PCP.
"My client's addiction has caused most of her life to deteriorate and fall apart," he testified in court, according to the Courier-Post.
Hyland’s record shows drug and child support violations stretching back to 1997, and she lost parental rights to her children in previous arrests. She was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident in the second degree; causing death while driving with a suspended or revoked license in the third degree; and endangering an injured victim in the third degree.
Read more at the Courier-Post.