Iowa Woman Released from Prison in Fatal Crash


July 17th, 2012 by Jim Field

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman sent to prison for a deadly crash that killed two young brothers has been released from prison.

Twenty-year-old Karli Brown of Essex, pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in the November 2010 head-on collision near Red Oak that killed 5-year-old Maliki Todd and 4-year-old Alex Todd, of Cumberland.  The accident happened about on U.S. Highway 48 near Red Oak.  The boys mother, Nina McNeese of Cumberland was injured in the crash.

Officials say Brown was speeding, texting and passing in a no-passing zone when the crash happened. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Montgomery County Attorney Bruce Swanson says a judge on Monday reconsidered Brown’s sentence. The judge suspended the sentence and placed her on five years of supervised probation.

Swanson says he was not surprised at the judge’s decision. Swanson says it was a case of “gross negligence” and the judge wanted her to see the inside of a prison.