By JB Clark
TUPELO – A 27-year-old Tupelo man was charged with DUI causing death and arraigned in Lee County Justice Court on Friday in connection with the Thursday morning death of Elizabeth “Betty” Montgomery.
John Shannon Gillentine’s bond was set at $300,000 by Lee County Justice Court Judge Rickey Thompson. He was held in the Lee County jail Friday.
His charges stem from a 5:40 a.m. incident when Montgomery, 64, of Tupelo, was hit by a vehicle while on her morning walk near the corner of Allyson and Lakeshire drives.
She was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where she died from injuries sustained from the collision.
Montgomery was walking with another person in her north Tupelo neighborhood but the other person was not injured.
Tupelo Police Detective Lynette Sandlin said Gillentine was on the scene when officers arrived and they alleged he displayed signs of impairment.
Gillentine also was charged with his second DUI, careless driving and having no proof of insurance.
If convicted, the DUI causing death charge carries a minimum of five years and up to 25 years in the state penitentiary with mandatory service of 85 percent of the sentence.
Sandlin would not comment on what Gillentine was allegedly under the influence of, but she said evidence has been sent to the state crime lab as a part of the investigation.