A 46-year-old Vienna woman pleaded guilty Friday to one count of felony vehicular homicide and one count of driving under the influence in connection with the April 2011 death of a Byron woman.
Caron Tuten was sentenced in Houston County Superior Court to 24 months in jail and 15 years probation for the death of 56-year-old Lillie Knight, according to Assistant District Attorney Erikka Williams. Tuten also pleaded guilty to failure to yield and an open container violation.
Tutens blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.
If you drink and drive, you will serve consequences as a result of it, Williams said. The judge really spoke harshly to her about her decision.
Tuten was traveling east on Watson Boulevard on April 30, 2011, when she attempted to make a left turn onto Willie Lee Parkway but collided with Knight, Williams said. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m.
These cases are always difficult on both families, Williams said, but we do feel like justice has been served for the victim.
This was Tutens first arrest, and prior to the incident, she never received any form of driving citation or ticket.
Tutens attorney could not be reached for comment.