Former Reality TV Star Gets 16 Years After Crash that Killed Coast Guardsman

Melissa Hancock appeared in Lifetime's "Little Women: Atlanta." (Virginia State Police)
Melissa Hancock appeared in Lifetime's "Little Women: Atlanta." (Virginia State Police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A former reality TV star will serve 16 years in prison for killing a U.S. Coast Guard technician in a drunken wrong-way collision on a Virginia highway.

News outlets reported that Melissa Hancock was sentenced Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter, driving the wrong way and failing to obey a highway sign.

Hancock appeared on Lifetime's "Little Women: Atlanta," a reality show that focuses on women of short stature. A court summons described Hancock as 4 feet (1.2 metres) tall and weighing 77 pounds (35 kilograms).

Daniel Dill was a Logan Township, New Jersey, native who was stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia, as an information systems technician. Virginia State Police said Hancock struck Dill head-on around 2 a.m. Nov. 4 on Interstate 264. He died of his injuries the next day.

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