Kemper Woman Loses Appeal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Kemper County woman sentenced to six years in prison for DUI manslaughter in a 2006 fatal accident.

Sarah Hudspeth was sentenced in 2007 in Lauderdale County Circuit Court to 20 years in prison, with 14 years suspended and five years probation, after her release from prison. The state Court of Appeals upheld her conviction last year.

Hudspeth was convicted in the death of 42-year-old Victoria Edwards of DeKalb. Edwards died in a two-vehicle crash on December 27th, 2006, on a Kemper County road.

Court records show Hudspeth had a blood alcohol level of 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Hudspeth had alleged that the blood alcohol test was illegally performed.


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  • by Justed on Mar 19, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    This is redicious how can a person get behind a wheel of a car knowing she have been drinking an just kill another person like their life is not worth anything and be sentence to just five years. I think her sentence should have beeen harsher reguardless as to the fact that her family have a little bit of money.Mrs Edwards had a lot of people that loved her.I hope Ms. or Mrs Hedspeth be haunted for the rest of her life everytime she see a commerical about anything to drink even water.
  • by Anonymous Location: collinsville on Feb 28, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    She knew before she got behind the wheel not to drink and drive. She does not deserve to get out, ever! To me this is no differnt than premeditated murder. She should be thanking God for the mercy she has been given.
  • by Cindy Location: Noxubee on Feb 27, 2010 at 12:53 AM
    I think she should fry!!!!! This is a very light sentence. Her victim did not get a light death.
  • by Jay on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:24 PM
    Does anyone know if she will be able to get a license after her time is served? Hope not.
  • by Frustrated Location: Kemper on Feb 26, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    Honestly, she got off too light. You take a person life and don't have to serve but 6 years, what a joke, and then have the nerves to ask for an appeal. This woman has been arrested before for drinking and driving so its not like she didn't know any better. Sit your butt down and do your time like a woman. You were grown when you took someone else life so be a woman and do your time.
  • by Tammy Location: Meridian on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    Does the person that she killed get to 'appeal' their death and suddenly come back to her family. I don't think so. At least Ms. Hudspeth has the chance to continue her life... it's just put on hold for a bit. Her victim does not have an alternative.
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