published Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Man sentenced to eight years in drunken driving death

A 37-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison for the drunken-driving crash that killed his stepmother.

Michael Larry Smith pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving on a revoked license in a plea deal worked out between prosecutor Kate Lavery and public defender Steve Brown.

His stepmother, Vanessa Smith, 49, died in the crash off of Tallent Road in Collegedale.

Today Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern accepted the conditions agreed to by both sides and sentenced Smith to the eight-year term. Smith has been in custody since the Nov. 20, 2011, crash and will receive credit for the time he has served.

For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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