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Voorhees to serve 41 months for death of Kandiyohi teen

MARSHALL -- Courtney Karen Voorhees, 30, of Cottonwood, received a 41-months sentence for the accident that took the life of 17-year-old Morgan Leigh Cline of Kandiyohi.

Voorhees was sentenced in Lyon County district court on Tuesday for criminal vehicular homicide, according to information from the Marshall Independent.

With good behavior, she could be released from prison after serving two years and three months of the sentence.

Voorhees was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .23, or three times the legal limit, and driving a 1999 Subaru Forester when she struck the rear of a 2002 Saturn alongside Minnesota Trunk Highway 23 during the evening of Nov. 12, 2008. Cline was driving the Saturn and had pulled off the roadway - with her emergency flashers on- to talk to a companion and look for a CD.

Cline was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Dustin J. Woodworth, 18, of Marshall, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Voorhees was not seriously hurt.

Cline was a Willmar Senior High School student and was enrolled in the post-secondary education option at Southwest State University in Marshall.