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10-year prison sentence for woman in college student's death

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A drunken driver has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for killing a Western Michigan University student who was hit while running last spring.

Morgan Rowley cried Wednesday as she heard her punishment in Kalamazoo County court.

The 22-year-old, who had a previous alcohol conviction, admits she has a drinking problem.

Rowley didn't stop after 21-year-old Nicholas Heil of Fruitport was hit last May, near Kalamazoo.

Her blood-alcohol content was more than double the legal limit.

In court, Dan Heil displayed his son's dirt bike boots as a reminder of him.

He told the judge that he wakes up thinking his son's death was just a nightmare "but it's not."