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Woman flouts probation, faces prison

A North Tonawanda woman who avoided state prison after the fatal crash that killed her boyfriend could be headed there after all.

Ashley M. Sullivan, 19, of Linden Avenue, admitted Monday to three counts of violating the terms of her probation.

The violations included several failed drug tests because of Sullivan's use of the painkiller hydrocodone without a prescription; failing to engage in mental health treatment as ordered by the court; and failing to complete an educational training program.

Sullivan made the admission after being warned by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that by doing so, she could be setting herself up for a prison term of as long as four years.

Murphy gave no hint on what decision he might make when Sullivan returns to court for resentencing Oct. 17.

Murphy could impose a shorter jail term than four years or place Sullivan back on probation.

Sullivan was sentenced in January 2010 to five years' probation, which she began by serving four months in the County Jail.

At the time, Murphy said he was sending her behind bars, although briefly, because of her conduct since the May 30, 2009, crash that killed Alex Rozicki, 20, of Niagara Falls.

Sullivan went to Florida a month after the fatality and posted a photo on her Facebook page with the caption "Drunk in Florida."

Since Sullivan was drunk at the time of the crash -- her blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.13 percent -- Murphy didn't find the photo amusing.

He also denied Sullivan youthful-offender status even though she was only 17 at the time of the accident.

Police estimated that Sullivan's car was traveling 56 mph in a 30 mph zone on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda when it crashed into a brick pillar at the entrance to Deerwood Golf Course at 2:21 a.m. Rozicki, the passenger, was killed.

Rozicki's mother, Renee Rozicki, filed a wrongful death suit against Sullivan last year. The suit was settled out of court last week, according to the State Supreme Court website; no terms of the settlement were disclosed.

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