It took jurors three hours to return a guilty verdict in a case where a man, Lee Hutchins, crossed the center line on Highway 64 and killed the father of four young girls. Hutchins was tried on charges of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
This wreck that killed Michael Piercy also injured his wife and his two youngest daughters. Hutchins was sentenced to just over a year to three years for two of the charges and for the second assault charge; Hutchins received a suspended sentence with five years probation. The Judge ordered Hutchins not to drive during the five-year period.
The wreck, according to Hutchins attorney, was largely related to his medical condition. According to records, Hutchins blacked out behind the wheel of his car due to low blood sugar just prior to crossing the center line. [Read more…]