Cory Simmons, 18, Joplin, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter today in McDonald County Circuit Court.
Simmons admitted that he was driving while intoxicated Feb. 11 when he was involved in a one-car accident that killed his passenger, Joplin High School student-athlete Christina Freeman.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Simmons was sentenced to seven years in prison, then placed on supervised probation for five years. He will have to serve 120 days of shock time.
After his release, he will be required to pay $150 a month to the Christina Freeman Scholarship Fund.
Simmons' plea came one day before his trial was scheduled to begin. As noted in The Turner Report Sunday, sources close to the Newton County prosecutor's office said they would seek the maximum seven years in prison if Simmons' case had gone to trial.