Destiny Lynn Burns, 27, of Claremore, was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter in the deaths of her two children, ages 2 and 6.

Burns pleaded no contest and was found guilty Monday afternoon in Rogers County court.

Sentenced by Judge Dwayne Steidley, Burns received 10 years suspended with the remaining 10 years on the two charges to run concurrently.

Under the 85 percent law, Burns will serve a minimum of eight-and-a-half years before becoming eligible for parole. Under new state law, she will have to register as a violent criminal when she is released.

“It’s a horrible situation,” said Assistant District Attorney Tim Wantland. “Very sad. Nothing we could do could bring back the children.”

On Sept. 16, Burns lost control of her vehicle while driving northbound on a Rogers County road at a high rate of speed.

She was pinned in her car but not seriously injured after it ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.

Burns was tested with a .15 blood alcohol level, nearly twice the legal limit.

Burns’ children, 2-year-old Quenth Jacobson and 6-year-old Jocelynn Jacobson died at the scene, according to reports by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Another passenger, family friend Lindsay Emery, 17, was transported to the hospital where she was treated and released. Wantland said Burns was quiet and somber and whimpered when the details of her children’s death was read before the court.

Family members showed visible signs of grief. 

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