19-year-old Brookhaven man sentenced for two DUI deaths

19-year-old Brookhaven man sentenced for two DUI deaths

BROOKLYN, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.

Charles W. Acy, III, 19, of Brookhaven, has been sentenced for aggravated DUI, announced Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Acy was sentenced today by Warren County Judge Frank Vollor on two counts of Aggravated DUI resulting in death. Judge Vollor sentenced Acy to 25 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, 15 to serve followed by 10 years to serve post-release supervision on each count. The sentences are to run consecutively with a total number of 30 years to serve.

On October 14, 2014, Acy had been seen driving erratically throughout the day in his 2003 Hummer HH2.  Later that evening, his vehicle collided head on with a Ford F150 in the 900 Block of Union Street in Brookhaven.  The F150 was driven by 18-year-olds Jevonte Dickey and Shaquan Richardson who were on their way home from a school sporting event. Both victims were pronounced dead. At the time of impact, residents on Union Street reported seeing Mr. Acy's vehicle swerving from side to side and increasing his speed in excess of 70 miles per hour just seconds before the crash. Acy's toxicology reports showed he was under the influence of Marijuana and Alprazolam at the time of the crash.

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims' family," said Attorney General Jim Hood.  "Hopefully this sentence will serve as a reminder to others, especially our youth, who decide to get behind the wheel when they are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Mississippi has penalties for underage drinking, drug abuse and possession of controlled substances. The results of making choices similar to this defendant's not only messes up your life, but can also bring heartache and devastation to others."

This case was investigated by Brookhaven Police Department Commander David Johnson and Attorney General Public Integrity Investigators Ronnie Odom and Jerry Spell.

Attorney General Hood concludes, "We greatly appreciate the hard work and support of the Brookhaven Police Department and Judge Vollor's solid sentence."

Prosecution of the case was handled by Special Assistant Attorneys General Jim Giddy and Larry Baker.

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