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Teen guilty of reckless homicide

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Watson enters plea in death of Sydney Peffer

By BEN CARLSON

The teenager who police say was driving drunk when Sydney Peffer, 17, was killed nearly two years ago pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to reckless homicide.

Brianna Watson, who was 17 at the time of the wreck, showed no emotion when she entered the guilty plea that prosecutors hope will land her behind bars for a maximum sentence of five years.

Following the hearing in Anderson Circuit Court, Peffer’s aunt, Christy Wise, said the guilty plea provides her family with some sense of closure.

“Now we can stop coming here every month and get some closure with this,” said Wise, who said Watson has yet to show any remorse in Peffer’s death.

“Not one time,” she said.

Watson was initially charged as a juvenile and was indicted after she turned 18 on a charge of second-degree homicide. She was allegedly drunk when the vehicle she was driving wrecked after failing to negotiate a curve on Alton Station Road.

Watson is scheduled to be sentenced May 21 at 11 a.m.

Following Monday’s hearing, Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt said she will argue strongly against Watson being placed on probation.

“We have a case where someone’s life was taken,” Witt said. “Young people have to understand they cannot drive under the influence, not matter the intoxicant.”

Witt added she will submit a motion to ensure Watson cannot request shock probation until after she has served 150 days in state prison.

“She needs to sit in state prison and think about what she’s done for at least 150 days,” Witt said.