Woman pleads no contest crash that killed sleeping mother in South Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman whose car smashed into a South Los Angeles apartment building, killing a woman as she slept next to her young daughter, has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and drunken driving charges.

Connie Jo Howard, 60, entered pleas Tuesday to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two other drunken driving counts, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a statement Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Howard’s car slammed into an apartment building in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood before dawn on July 3.

Nicole Marks, 44, was killed as she slept in her bedroom next to her 4-year-old daughter, who wasn’t seriously hurt.

A man in Howard’s car was critically injured, authorities said.

Howard is scheduled to be sentenced in January to eight years in state prison.

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