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July 4, 2013Platte City, MO |  By: AP

Girl Sentenced for Texting

A Kansas City teenager has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for causing a fatal accident while texting.

The Kansas City Star reports Rachel Gannon pleaded guilty in May 2012 when she was 17 to second-degree involuntary manslaughter, third-degree assault and violating the Missouri law that prohibits motorists 21 or younger from texting while driving. The accident killed 72-year-old Loretta Larimer of Camden Point. Gannon told police she was looking at her phone when she lost control of her vehicle. A judge in Platte City initially placed Gannon on five years' probation and ordered her to serve 48 hours of ``shock time'' in jail, find a job, serve 72 days of house arrest and perform 300 hours of community service.