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Seneca woman faces up to 19 years after pleading guilty in fatal DUI

Craig's sentencing range extended for hurting a nurse

A Seneca woman faces up to 19 years in prison when she is sentenced New Year’s Eve for a fatal, drug-related accident and for hurting a nurse.

Nicole M. Craig, 25, entered a blind plea Thursday to one count of aggravated DUI and one count of aggravated battery, each stemming from separate incidents. She was charged with DUI following a November 2018 crash that killed an elderly pedestrian and then, while on bond, for assaulting and injuring a nurse.

Aggravated DUI is a Class 2 felony with an extended sentencing range of 3-14 years and only a limited shot at probation. As for the battery count (2-5 years), crimes committed while out on bond are punishable by back-to-back sentences, meaning Craig faces an aggregate sentencing range of up to 19 years if the judge opts for prison time on both convictions.

Additionally, any time resulting from the DUI conviction is subject to the Truth in Sentencing Act, requiring certain felons to serve not less than 85% of their prison time.

Craig will have an opportunity to address Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. when she stands for sentencing at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31.

She was charged after she struck 87-year-old Norman “Butch” Applebee with a 2004 Volkswagen on Nov. 22, 2018, in the 200 block of North Main Street in Seneca. Applebee died the next day as the result of his injuries.

A subsequent analysis of her blood and urine showed metabolites of cocaine and alprazolam (Xanax).

While free on bond, Craig sought emergency medical treatment in August 2019 and incurred the battery charge when she struggled with a nurse, injuring the nurse’s arm.

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