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Gaffney mom gets 20 years in jail for crash that killed daughter

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Samantha Rhinehart (Cherokee Co. Detention Center) Samantha Rhinehart (Cherokee Co. Detention Center)

A Gaffney woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in a crash that killed her 8-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors said 28-year-old Samantha Rhinehart pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree assault and battery and child endangerment in connection with the Jan. 11 crash on Corinth Road, a few miles south of Gaffney.

Troopers said Rhinehart and several passengers were traveling west on Corinth Road when the pickup went off the right side of the road, she over-corrected, went off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

Her daughter was thrown from the car and two passengers were injured, solicitor Barry Barnette said.

At the time of the crash, authorities said Rhinehart was driving with a suspended license. Following the crash, Rhinehart told troopers she had used methamphetamine but lab results showed it was not her bloodstream, Barnette said.

"This case is a senseless tragedy," Solicitor Barry Barnette said. "Samantha Rhinehart had no business driving and placing so many people in harm's way."

A judge sentenced Rhinehart to 20 years in prison followed by a consecutive 10-year prison sentence that was suspended to 5 years probation.

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