needs to be off the street'
offender gets 25 years
death of teenagers he hit
Daily Journal Staff Writer
habitual DUI offender who killed a Paulding County teenager
last fall when his careening van struck the teens car head-on
was sentenced to 25 years in jail and had his drivers license
revoked for life by a Cobb judge Wednesday.
Withheld), 36, of Marietta plead guilty last month to vehicular
homicide while under the influence of an assortment of
narcotics in the death of 19-year-old William Rich.
are his downfall and he needs to be off the street" noted
Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy during last months
pre sentencing hearing. "The court frets over these
to court records, (Name Withheld), a four time DUI violator
on probation for Marijuana possession, was driving his
van east on Stilesboro Road on the night of Oct. 13 when
he veered of the road and struck a sign.
back onto the road, (Name Withheld) van crossed the center
line near the entrance to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
Park and slammed head-on in to the 1977 Camaro driven by
Rich, who had just turned off Old Highway 41 and was on
his way home.
who had learned hours before that his grandmother had died
earlier that day, was killed instantly.
Tests on (Name Withheld) showed the presence of a combination
of cocaine, "crank", amphetamines, tranquilizers
and prescription painkillers.
reports also showed that minutes before the fiery collision,
(Name Withheld),had passed another driver on the road,
again steering wildly into the oncoming lane.
last months pre sentencing hearing, (Name Withheld) mother
and other family members begged the judge for leniency,
claiming the admitted offender, who walks with a cane,
had suffered physical and mental trauma from the crash
and often woke up in the night sobbing.
state law (GA), the maximum jail sentence for vehicular
homicide alone is15 years, but (Name Withheld) guilty plea
on five DUI charges, combined with his prior convictions,
allowed for a much longer sentence.
the judge's sentence, even if (Name Withheld) wins early
parole, he will still be on probation until the year 2027.