Teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in deadly crash case

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Brianna Watson pleads guilty to a lesser charge of reckless homicide as part of a plea deal. She was driving a car that crashed in Anderson County, killing passenger, 17-year old Sydney Peffer in 2017. Photo courtesy: The Anderson News

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – An Anderson County teenager pleaded guilty to a lesser charge as part of a plea deal in a car crash case that left another teen dead, according to The Anderson News.

Brianna Watson, who was 17-years old at the time of the deadly wreck in 2017, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, according to the newspaper report.  She was originally charged with manslaughter.  Prosecutors recommended a five-year sentence, according to the report.

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Investigators say Watson was driving on Alton Station Road when she missed a turn, causing the car to flip.  Watson’s 17-year old passenger, Sydney Peffer, was ejected from the vehicle.  Peffer died from her injuries at an area hospital.

Watson is scheduled to be sentenced May 21, 2019.

Note:  The photo of Brianna Watson that accompanies this story is courtesy of The Anderson News.

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