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An Indianapolis woman pleaded guilty to two charges after police said she struck and killed her fiancé in a southside bar parking lot.

However, she won’t serve any prison time.

Donna Miner, 51, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal recklessness and operating while intoxicated and was sentenced to two years of house arrest and two years probation.

The judge also suspended her driver’s license for four years and sentenced her to 120 hours of community service.

“This was a tragedy that deserved to be prosecuted. We are pleased to have the conviction in this case,” Marion County deputy prosecutor Tom Hirschauer said.

Miner’s attorney Mark Sullivan was not available Friday and Monday.

In the early morning on March 1, Miner and her fiance, Jeffrey Hawkins, 50, Indianapolis, had been drinking at That Place Bar and Grill, located just north of Emerson Avenue and County Line Road. Hawkins walked behind the sport utility vehicle Miner was driving, and while he was behind the vehicle, she put it into reverse and hit him.

The impact caused Hawkins to fall over and strike his head on the pavement, causing a severe head wound, the police report said. He was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, where he died. Miner told police she didn’t understand why he walked behind the vehicle and was very upset while talking with officers, the report said.

Police took a blood sample from Miner to test for alcohol. The tests showed she had a 0.11 percent blood alcohol content, which is above the limit of 0.08 percent to be considered too intoxicated to drive. Miner told police she had three vodka tonics and a shot of liquor over the course of about four hours at the bar, the police report said. During the interview she had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, the report said.

Miner and Hawkins got into an argument in the bar and then went outside into the parking lot, but they calmed down, and both got into Hawkins’ sport utility vehicle, according to the report. Hawkins then offered to drive her car home, which is when he got out of the sport utility vehicle and was struck while Miner was backing up, the police report said.

She told police at the time they were engaged and both lived at 707 Daffon Drive.

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