A local woman convicted of manslaughter in a 2004 drunk-driving accident that killed a motorcyclist will not be getting out of prison early.

The Kentucky Parole Board recently handed Christy Marie Brockett a serve-out decision, meaning Brockett will have to spend the remainder of her five-year sentence behind bars.

Brockett was convicted by a Boyd Circuit Court jury in February 2006. She began serving her sentence in September 2007 after her legal appeals were exhausted.

Under state sentencing guidelines, Brockett was eligible to meet with the parole board after a year in prison.

The board’s decision was noted on the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup System. No additional information was immediately available.

Brockett is currently serving her sentence at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women at Pewee Valley.

Brockett, 30, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in connection with a June 3, 2004, accident that resulted in the death of Edward Lewis, 50, of Ironton.

Brockett was on her way to pick up her child at Rose Hill Christian School when she cut in front Lewis’ motorcycle. The impact caused Lewis, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, to be thrown from his motorcycle, and he landed head-first on the blacktop. He died in Cabell Huntington Hospital two days after the accident.

According to trial testimony, Brockett consumed three-and-a-half beers with lunch at Texas Roadhouse — her place of employment — prior to the accident. However, prosecutors maintained she had drunk even more than that, based on the testimony of a Boyd County sheriff’s deputy who said Brockett told him she had been doing shots of liquor.

Brockett failed a field sobriety test and consented to a blood test at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Her blood-alcohol level two hours after the accident was .08, which is right at the level under which people are legally presumed to be intoxicated in Kentucky.

Brockett was indicted for wanton murder but was found guilty of the lesser charge following a five-day trial.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the verdict in June of last year and the Kentucky Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654

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