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Judge hands down 30-year sentence for woman who ran over cop

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Oct 22 2013 06:40:53 PM MDT
Updated On: Oct 22 2013 07:02:02 PM MDT
EATON SENTENCING
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A judge sentenced a Missoula woman who ran over a police officer to 30 years in prison.

Dawnette Eaton, 47, was able to hug her daughter in the courtroom Tuesday afternoon before she was escorted back to jail and eventually to the Montana State Women's Prison in Billings.

In January Eaton backed over Missoula Police Officer Deni Poling, who stopped her for a suspected parole violation.

When Eaton backed over Poling the other officer on the scene, Lieutenant Rich Stepper, fired one round from his gun hitting Eaton in the arm.

“I believe she should have to serve at least half of before she's considered for parole,” Poling told Missoula District Court Judge Karen Townsend. “That's what I would like to see happen.”

Eaton will be eligible to meet with the parole board after serving 7.5 years, but that doesn't mean they'll release her. In addition to the two felonies for this crime, Eaton has nine others on her record.