This afternoon, one day before her trial was due to begin, former bishop Heather Cook pleaded guilty to charges filed after the death of Thomas Palermo last December. From the Baltimore Sun,
Cook pleaded guilty to automobile manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and texting while driving.
The state has recommended a sentence of 20 years with 10 years suspended, and 5 years probation. Cook will have an opportunity to argue for less time at her sentencing this fall.
Cook continues to receive treatment for alcohol addiction, according to her attorney. She had resigned her post as Bishop Suffragan of Maryland and was deposed from holy orders in an Accord announced by the Presiding Bishop in May.
Photo from earlier court appearance.