Man Sentenced to Serve 10-Years in DUI That Killed Child
Lexington, SC (WLTX) - A Lexington County man was sentenced to 10 years in jail after a 2012 DUI that killed a 6-year-old girl. Billy Patrick Hutto, Jr. entered guilty pleas to charges of Felony DUI Causing Death and Felony DUI Causing Great Bodily Harm. Emma Longstreet, 6, was killed on New Year's Day in 2012 as she and her family traveled to church. According to statements made during his hearing, Hutto had been celebrating the holiday and spent the night at a friend's house before leaving on New Year's Day. The accident happened on his way home. The crash left Emma's father and her three brothers in the hospital. David and Karen Longstreet, Emma's parents, spoke at the hearing describing the accident and telling the judge what life had been like afterwards. They shared memories of Emma and directed comments to Hutto as well. "To the man who killed Emma, you've now lived 22 years longer than you allowed Emma to live," said Karen Longstreet. Other family members spoke as well including several aunts, and Emma's grandmother. People spoke on Hutto's behalf as well. His family, friends, pastor, and a former teacher all asked for leniency in his sentence. The judge sentenced him to 10 years and a $5,000 fine for the DUI with Great Bodily Harm charge, and 9 years and a $15,000 fine for the charge of DUI Causing Death. The judge ordered those sentences to be concurrent with credit for time served. Hutto had previously been charged with DUI in 2009. During the hearing Hutto told apologized to the Longstreet family, and pledged not to drink again. He also spoke in support of Emma's Law, proposed legislation that aims to prevent repeat DUIs through the installation of ignition interlock devices that would require a driver to prove he or she was not intoxicated in order to operate a car. Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/245030/2/Man-Sentenced-to-Serve-10-Years-in-DUI-That-Killed-Child
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