Boonville family finds closure after the woman involved in deadly DUI crash sentenced

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WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – A Tri-State family who lost a loved one tries to find closure.

A woman who pled guilty to drunk driving and causing the death of a Warrick County man faced the judge today.

Debbie Hart faced the judge to learn her fate after pleading guilty to one charge of operating a vehicle under the influence resulting in death.

Police said Hart had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she hit and killed Timothy Hemmings who was riding a motorcycle in November 2018.

Last month the Hemmings family pushed for a more severe punishment for Hart until new details were released in court.

“Ms. Hart’s sentence was a six-year sentence in the prison of the Indiana Department of Correction. There is an agreement that she can enter the prison’s therapeutic community, which is a rehabilitation program within the prison,” says Warrick County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Levi Burkett.

The Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office said Hemmings had multiple drug substances in his system during the crash including THC and methamphetamine.

“Most of the family agreed to this decision of course anytime you have a group of people there are going to be people who disagree. But majority understood this, understood circumstances and agreed it was fair,” adds Burkett.

Before the sentence was handed to Hart, six members of the Hemmings family made their final statements, leaving many in tears.

The judge even called for a recess.

Under Hart’s deal, she can apply for a modification to her time in prison once she finishes therapy.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 20, 2020)

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