Crime

Woman sentenced to 10-20 years in prison in fatal huffing-related crash

A Bellefonte woman convicted of murder for killing a man in a car crash after huffing duster and driving was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison before President Judge Thomas King Kistler on Friday.

Danielle Packer, 23, was found guilty of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, several traffic violations and other charges in a jury trial before Judge Bradley P. Lunsford in October.

The charges stemmed from an Aug. 6, 2012 , incident in which Packer and her fiance purchased “Dust-Off,” an aerosol product designed to blow dust off of electronics, for the purpose of getting high. The pair told police that they huffed the product in the Benner Pike Wal-Mart parking lot, and Packer told troopers in an interview that she also had inhaled duster two more times while stopped at the red light by the Shiloh Road Sheetz, according to the affidavit.

She eventually drove down the wrong lane of traffic and hit a vehicle driven by Matthew Snyder, 25, who was declared dead on scene.

Deborah Lux, Packer’s public defender, said they argued for a lesser sentence, but the one imposed was “not unexpected.”

Packer has utilized programs while incarcerated in Centre County prison, Lux said, and she hopes Packer can benefit from her time in prison.

“She’s very remorseful and has learned from it,” Lux said.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said her office is pleased that Snyder’s family now knows that the person responsible is being held accountable.

“The defendant purposely placed herself into a coma as she hurled a 11/2-ton bullet down the highway,” Parks Miller said. “No one was safe from her choices that evening and what she took can never be given back.”

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