The man-on-car murder by Sherry Lynn Wilkins, the drunken substance-abuse counselor who struck a pedestrian in Los Angeles and then tried to get rid of the dying man on her car by driving for miles, was supposed to be sentenced for the murder on Wednesday. However, according to an Associated Press report on March 27, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said that the sentencing of Sherry Lynn Wilkins was put off until June.
Last month, a jury convicted the 52-year-old woman of second-degree murder, drunken driving, and hit-and-run. She is facing a possible prison term of 45 years to life for the death of 31-year-old Phillip Moreno.
The murder of Moreno occurred in November of 2012 when Wilkins was driving on Torrance Boulevard with a blood-alcohol level that was nearly twice the legal limit. After striking the 31-year-old pedestrian, the intoxicated woman, who worked as a drug and alcohol rehab counselor at Twin Town Treatment Center in Torrance, kept on driving for 2.3 miles in an attempt “to dislodge” the dying man who was caught on her windshield.
It was not until witnesses were able to surround her car and bring it to a stop at Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street that Moreno could be taken off the windshield and transported to a hospital where he died.
Before the November man-on-car murder, Wilkins already had a prior hit-and-run arrest, but authorities were unable to pursue charges against her because tests could not prove that she was under the influence of any substance. No reason for the postponement of Wednesday’s sentencing was provided.