Woman convicted of DWI wreck that killed boyfriend

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - A Craven County woman was convicted of a DWI wreck that killed her boyfriend.

Melissa Dinsmore, 43, of New Bern was found guilty on Friday of felony death by motor vehicle, said District Attorney Scott Thomas. She was sentenced to spend between three years and 8 months to five years and five months in prison.

In addition, Dinsmore paid $2,000 in restitution to the family of the victim, Craig Jessman. The family, who lives in Pennsylvania, will use that money to pay for a headstone at Jessman's gravesite, Thomas said.

According to investigators, Dinsmore was driving on Highway 17 South with Jessman on Jan. 28, after leaving a bar where both had been drinking. Dinsmore then lost control of her car, crossed a median and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to flip over.

Jessman was ejected from the car and died at the scene, investigators said. Dinsmore was treated at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Dinsmore's blood-alcohol level was  0.18, Thomas said.

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