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Woman who killed 17-year-old girl in car wreck likely to get prison

MARSHALL - Sentencing was scheduled for Monday in Lyon County District Court in Marshall for the woman who pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Morgan Leigh Cline, 17, of Kandiyohi.

Courtney Karen Voorhees, 30, of Cottonwood, pled guilty in May and is expected to receive a 41-month prison sentence under terms of a plea agreement.

Cline was a Willmar Senior High School student and was enrolled in the post-secondary education option at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

She and a companion had pulled off the roadway of Minnesota Highway 23 near Cottonwood at around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12 to talk and find a CD. The emergency signals on the 2002 Saturn that Cline had been driving were flashing when they were struck from behind by a 1999 Subaru Forester driven by Voorhees.

Cline was pronounced dead at the scene.

Voorhees had an open bottle of vodka in her coat when she arrived at the hospital in Marshall, where a test indicated she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.25, three times the limit.

Voorhees told authorities she was supposed to have gone to a chemical dependency session, but went shopping in Willmar instead.

She has since expressed remorse for her actions, and has found support from Cline's parents, Sheila and Ted Bass, according to published reports.