The crash killed 4-year-old Alton B. Brant Barrett of Lebanon and his grandfather, James A. Chuck Barrett, 69, also of Lebanon. A third man, Ronnie Boyd, also in the vehicle with the Barretts, was critically injured in the crash and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter.
At the time of the incident, Lea said the LPD determined Mayfields blood alcohol level was .25, or three times the legal limit. Shortly after the crash, Mayfield was denied bond for the DUI charge.
A sentencing hearing will be held on Oct. 16, and Lea said Circuit Court Judge John D. Wootten could choose Mayfields sentences to be concurrent or consecutive, which would affect the length of her incarceration.
Lea explained aggravated vehicular homicide is a Class A felony and carries a penalty of 15 to 25 years for each charge. He said the charge of vehicular assault carries a penalty between two and four years.
According to Lea, Mayfield could also face a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in jail for the DUI charge and driving on a revoked license charge. He said the maximum sentence, if all penalties were consecutive, would be 56 years.
This case is a tragedy for all involved. Our office sincerely hopes the families of the victims can begin to heal as much as possible from such a heartbreaking event. We are very sorry for their loss, Lea said in a statement, also thanking the family for their support during the case.
Lea said the case was to go to trial beginning yesterday, but Mayfields plea before Wootten Monday avoided the trial.
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