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Driver Sentenced in Hit-and-Run That Killed Nurse

A Durham man has been sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing a nurse last fall while driving a stolen SUV.

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DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham man has been sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing a nurse last fall while driving a stolen SUV.

Shawn Maurice Powell, 30, pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run, misdemeanor death by vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving with a revoked license.

Police said Powell had stolen a Honda Passport from Winston-Salem and sped through the stoplight at the intersection of Lakewood and Vickers avenues in Durham on Oct. 5.

The stolen sport utility vehicle collided with a Toyota RAV4 driven by Lisa Knelson, a 47-year-old nurse and mother of two sons. Knelson's vehicle then slammed into the side of a house, killing her.

Powell fled from the scene and was apprehended several hours later on East Enterprise Street after an extensive manhunt.

Knelson was returning to work at ARC of Durham from a seminar at the time of the accident. The organization helps people in need.

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