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Washburn woman found guilty but mentally ill in murder case

A gavel rests on a judge's bench in a blurry courtroom. The text "WCBU Courts" sits on top of that photo.

A 19-year-old Washburn woman has been found guilty but mentally ill in a first-degree murder trial.

Woodford County prosecutors say Maya Nodine intentionally swerved her vehicle into oncoming traffic on Route 89 just west of Lowpoint last December.

The ensuing head-on collision killed 47-year-old Joy Hattan.

A doctor in the trial testified Nodine suffers from several mental illnesses, but was competent at the time of the offense.

Nodine faces between 20 to 60 years in prison when she is sentenced in December.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.