NORMAN — A Cleveland County jury convicted a Noble man of first-degree manslaughter Thursday in the 2012 traffic death of Safari Belay McDoulett.
McDoulett, 36, of Oklahoma City, was the community relations director for the Oklahoma County District 2 office when she was killed Feb. 20, 2012, on State Highway 9 near 120th Avenue SE.
Mark Allen Peters, 54, was found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs when his Dodge Ram pickup crossed the centerline and struck McDoulett's Toyota Sequoia. She died at the scene.
Jurors deliberated about two hours before convicting Peters of manslaughter, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and obstructing an officer.
In a second sentencing stage, the jury deliberated another two hours before recommending that Peters serve 38 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and one year on the possession of a controlled substance charge. They also recommended fines totaling $2,000.