Boonville family upset over plea deal in deadly DUI crash


BOONVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – As part of a plea bargain, Debbie Hart could face less than six years in prison. Hart was accused of hitting and killing Timothy Hemmings while driving under the influence.

According to police, Hart had a blood alcohol level of .21 when she hit Hemming in 2018. This is more than twice the legal limit.

Public records show Hart has faced driving while intoxicated charges at least two times before, once in 1996, and again in 2006.

Friday, Hart pled guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence resulting in death, a level four felony.

The prosecutor and her attorney are asking that she serve six years in jail, which could be lessened upon treatment at a center.

Family members, including Tim’s mother, Dixie Hemmings, said they aren’t happy about the deal.

In a full interview below, the family talks about the plea deal and the impact of the loss of a loved one.

Although the family is pushing for a more severe punishment, the judge will have have the final say on the sentencing next month.

The prosecutor offered no further comment to the judge regarding the plea deal.

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(This story was originally published on January 24, 2020)

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