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A Wiltshire woman, jailed for killing a teacher in a car crash, has today had an appeal to cut her jail sentence dismissed.
45 year old Paula Barnes from Baydon was speeding and twice over the drink drive limit when she crashed into Diane Wright's car near Wanborough 3 years ago.
She was jailed for 8 years and 5 months for causing death by dangerous driving and skipping bail.
The wife of a drugs baron who went on the run after killing a policeman's wife in a car crash has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Paula Barnes, from Baydon near Swindon, fled to the Netherlands after the incident which killed primary school teacher Diane Wright.
Mrs Wright's husband told ITV News West Country the accused had killed a wonderful wife and mother.
Diane Wright, a primary school teacher, was killed in September 2010 after her car collided with that of Paula Barnes. Barnes was drink driving erratically on the wrong side of the road. Today she was sentenced to 8 years 5 months in prison after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.
She pleased guilty to death by dangerous driving and has just been sentenced at Swindon Crown Court. Barnes had fled to Holland but was arrested and extradited to the UK in November 2012.
Barnes, from Baydon near Swindon, was also driving erratically when she hit and killed teacher Diane Wright in September 2010. Her car was crushed and she died at the scene.
Barnes is at Swindon Crown Court for her sentencing, having eventually pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after going on the run in Holland for 18 months.
A Wiltshire woman who fled Britain after killing a primary school teacher in a road crash is due to be sentenced this morning at Swindon Crown Court.
Paula Barnes, 45, of of Baydon, Wiltshire, fled to Holland more than two years ago after being charged with causing death by dangerous driving following the crash in Baydon in September 2010.
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David Wright's husband Diane, a primary school teacher, was killed in September 2010 after a hit-and-run crash near Swindon.