He killed her son while driving drunk; she begged judge not to send man to prison for crime

Published 12:17 pm Thursday, June 27, 2019

All is forgiven. That’s what an injured passenger and mother of a man killed in a drunken-driving crash said to a sentencing judge in Mississippi.

The Sun Herald reports that Judge Dale Harkey listened to pleas of leniency at a sentencing hearing Tuesday for 21-year-old Seth Lee McGee.

McGee was 18 when he lost control of his car, injuring Calvin Butler and killing Graham Kyle Lance. A toxicology test determined McGee was legally impaired.

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Lance’s mother and Butler agreed that McGee shouldn’t go to prison. Lance, Butler and McGee were all friends once.

Harkey says it was the first time he can recall victims asking for leniency.

He sentenced McGee to five years of house arrest. McGee also will have a restricted license for 10 years.