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Woman not guilty of manslaughter in death of popular RHAM teacher

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Elizabeth Everett during a previous court appearance. (WFSB file photo) Elizabeth Everett during a previous court appearance. (WFSB file photo)
ROCKVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

A judge made a ruling on Thursday in the case of a woman who struck and killed a teacher at a high school in Hebron.

Elizabeth Everett was found guilty on two charges, including misconduct with a motor vehicle through criminal negligence as well as an infraction of unsafe backing.

However, she was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter and operating under the influence.

She'll be sentenced on Feb. 28.

Everett's attorney called the ruling "a win" for them.

Everett had alcohol in her system when she backed into Dawn Mallory, according to court documents.

The documents said her blood-alcohol level was 0.07, just shy of the 0.08 legal limit.

"A general consensus that she did not exhibit slurred speech, bloodshot eyes or a difficulty walking," said Judge James Graham on Thursday.

Police said Everett had just dropped off her son at the RHAM middle and high school in March 2014 when the incident happened.

Mallory was a teacher at RHAM Middle School.

Her family settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.1 million last year. They did not have any comment on Thursday.

Everett's vehicle was going at least 14 miles per hour in the school's bus-only section of the parking lot when she struck Mallory, according to the documents.

The incident prompted the school to add a number of safety measures to the lot, including more signs and speed bumps.

Everette has been ordered to not travel out of state for more than two weeks and can not operate a vehicle 10 hours after consumer alcohol.

Some said they are not pleased with the ruling, like former Rham custodian John LaChappelle.

"She was a good teacher, she went above and beyond. She was really good with the teachers, would stay after school and help the kids out," LaChappelle said.

Other's sympathized with Everette.

"That's something that she's going to have to die with and I feel like that's a good enough punishment for her," said Lori Bousquet.

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