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Reality TV star pleads guilty in Coast Guardsman's death


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A former reality TV star has pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. Coast Guard technician in a drunken wrong-way collision on a Virginia highway.

The Virginian-Pilot reports 25-year-old Melissa Hancock pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated DUI manslaughter in the November 2017 death of 29-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Dill.

In March, Hancock entered pleas of no contest to driving the wrong way and failing to obey a highway sign. Those misdemeanours don't carry jail time, but the felony manslaughter charge carries a one-year minimum jail sentence.

At the time of the crash, Dill was driving to pick up his wife and friends, who were celebrating her birthday.

Hancock appeared on Lifetime's "Little Women: Atlanta," a reality show about women of short stature.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 10.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

The Associated Press

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