On Thursday, a judge ruled that a local karate instructor will spend 15 months in prison, after being convicted of DUI while driving a van full of children last June.
34-year-old Kristina Mangrum of Chesterfield was found guilty of driving under the influence while transporting minors in June 2013. Police said she was driving several children--including two of her own--to Martial Arts World in Chesterfield when she was pulled over.
According to court documents, Mangrum blew a .30 on a breathalyzer when police stopped the van she was driving. She blew a .27 when she was booked at the jail, court documents stated.
On Thursday, Judge Steven A. McCallum sentenced Mangrum to 35 years in prison on seven counts of felony child endangerment. 33 years and nine months of the sentence were suspended.
Since the incident last summer, Mangrum was fired from her job at Martial Arts World. A statement the business issued following the incident read: "Martial Arts World of Brandermill takes this issue VERY seriously. "The employee has been let go, and we are conducting an internal investigation. Again, the safety of our children & families are our highest priority."
Mangrum has had previous driving infraction convictions in Chesterfield, including speeding, following too closely and failure to obey a highway sign.
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