Tupelo man accused of DUI in fatality

John Gillentine

John Gillentine

By JB Clark
Daily Journal

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.


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  • LeeCoMan

    If life was fair, this man would have hit that Jesse James Witt drunk driver killer at 5 a.m. and they could kill each other- versus this fine woman known by so many. The murder scenes not a mile or 2 apart and at same time in morning – BOTH DRUNK- Hope they get vehicular homicide if you ask me! When you lose someone close to a drunk driver’s careless and criminal ways, you feel the pain. Dollar to a donut they both get off light. It’s in the grand jury’s hands ! PLEASE DON”T DRINK AND DRIVE !

    • OLEREB

      I agree with you LeeCoMan….I would pin a sign on him telling the whole world how sorry he is for drinking and driving and make him walk the crime scene for a week then send his butt to the jail for 25 yrs. A little chain gang work on the side of the highways would not hurt as well.