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February 20, 2020: Former Elementary School Principal Sentenced for DUI Murder

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
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A former elementary school principal from Pearblossom was sentenced today to 15 years t0 life in state prison for a DUI murder in the Palmdale area, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Thomas Hilton said Mary Noel Kruppe, 37, was found guilty earlier this month of one count each of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in case MA075130.

On the night of Nov. 15, 2018, Kruppe was driving southbound on 50th Street East, north of Avenue P when she veered left into oncoming traffic, according to evidence presented at the trial. This caused a head-on collision with a vehicle being driven in the opposite direction by Jessica Ordaz, 29, of Lancaster, who died of her injuries.

Kruppe’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.19 percent two hours after the accident, the prosecutor said. At the time, the defendant was the principal at Enterprise Elementary in Lancaster.

The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol, Lancaster Station.