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Carpenter sentenced to 180 days in county jail for intoxication manslaughter
Polk County Enterprise - March 2008

LIVINGSTON — A Polk County jury sentenced Coy Wade Carpenter, 23, of Livingston to a 10-year prison sentence, probated for 10 years in addition to a $10,000 fine in District Judge Robert Hill Trapp’s court this week. Carpenter pleaded guilty and asked for a jury to determine sentencing in connection with the two-vehicle crash that left Danny Lee Davis, 55, dead at 3 a.m. July 4, 2006.

Davis was driving 1987 Mercury Sable eastbound on Liberty when a 2002 Chevrolet 3500 pickup truck driven by Carpenter westbound on Liberty struck the Mercury in the driver’s side door. According to a crash report by Livingston Police Officer Scott Paske, Carpenter lost control of his vehicle and was in the left side of the roadway when it struck Davis’ vehicle. Reports also showed that Carpenter and a passenger in his vehicle fled the scene of the accident by family members returned the two men to the crash scene. Both men suffered injuries in the crash as well. Carpenter was charged with intoxication manslaughter, drinking while driving and felony failure to stop and render aid that resulted in death or serious bodily injury.

“Our office understands that juries want to give young defendants a second chance,” Assistant District Attorney Kaycee Jones said following the trial. “I hope he takes advantage of that chance and turn his life around.” The jury deliberated about an hour and a half, Jones said. Jones and co-counsel Beverly Armstrong said the district attorney’s office will aggressively prosecute cases that result in lives being taken because of the actions of fellow citizens.

The proceedings ended with a victim impact statement from the victim’s son, who was 30 years old when his father died. Davis and his wife had been married just over 37 years at the time of the crash.

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