DUI/Manslaughter Case Yields 20 Years

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2008
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Felicia Carter was sentenced to 20 years for Manslaughter. Six years will be suspended.

In April 2007, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call regarding a one car accident. The vehicle crossed the center line and hit a ditch, resulting in the vehicle going airborne and landing on its roof. The driver, Felicia Carter, was asked if she had any passengers and she denied that she did. Deputies later found the victim dead at the scene. The passenger had been thrown from the vehicle at the time of the wreck and was found approximately 25 feet from the vehicle.

Later, a blood test determined that Felicia Carter blood alcohol was above the legal limit.

At the sentencing, Judge William Chapman heard evidence about the defendant’s previous driving under the influence of alcohol conviction. The Court also took into account the defendant’s failure to accept responsibility for the death of Calisha Bailey.

Guest stated, “Two friends have now been separated by death because one chose to drive drunk. This is a senseless death that should not have occurred. This death could have been prevented if Felicia Carter had not chosen to drive drunk.”

Guest concluded, “I hope that this sentence will send a message to those who decide to drink and drive and will help prevent innocent people from being injured or killed at the hands of drunk drivers.”