A 25-year-old Omaha woman was sentenced Friday to 18 to 20 years in prison after being convicted of killing a motorcyclist in a drunken crash.

Mederika Scott had pleaded no contest to motor vehicle homicide DUI in November in exchange for an unrelated case being dropped.

Scott faced a maximum of 20 years in prison. She will be eligible for parole after nine years and must be released after 10, according to state sentencing guidelines. Her driver’s license will also be revoked for 15 years.

Scott was involved in a four-vehicle crash near 90th and Blondo Streets on Aug. 16. She was driving a 2005 Dodge Durango north on 90th above the 40 mph speed limit. Her vehicle sideswiped an SUV and then a car before crossing a raised concrete median, rolling and striking a motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist, 46-year-old Joseph Dillow of Omaha, died at the scene.

Witnesses said Scott was driving recklessly and showed signs of alcohol impairment.

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