Woman sentenced to 40 years for DUI deaths

TUPELO – Attorney Will Bristow says that since killing two people and injuring three others in a 2008 automobile accident, his client, Carrie Nichols, is ready to serve her time.
Nichols was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of DUI death and three counts of DUI maiming in connection with the May 23, 2008, wreck that killed two New Albany men.
“My client has been contrite since day one and has turned her life around since that terrible day,” Bristow said. “It’s unfortunate that it took a situation like this one to do that, but she has turned things around for herself nonetheless.”
Nichols, 30, of Fulton admitted that she was driving under the influence of alcohol and the Schedule II drug methadone the night she drove into a vehicle at Coley Road and McCullough Boulevard, killing 19-year-old Adrian Cannon and 20-year-old Julius Dozier.
Also injured in the accident were Xavier Knox, Darrin Bynum and Nichols’ daughter, Catlin Nichols.
Police said Cannon, Dozier, Knox and Bynum were headed to a high school graduation party when the accident occurred.
Police suspected alcohol was the cause of the accident. Maj. Jackie Clayton said alcohol was found in Nichols’ vehicle at the scene.
Court documents showed that her blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of .08 and that the drug methadone was found in her system.
The mother of two was taken into custody Monday and remains in the Lee County Jail awaiting transportation to a state penitentiary.
Assistant District Attorney Heather Joyner, who prosecuted the case, was unavailable for comment.

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