For celebrities, being in the limelight can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, their status as movie or television stars or professional athletes requires that they maintain a somewhat public life. The downside of this is that when they run afoul of the law, it ends up being news. While some may say that celebrities get treatment that differs from the average joe in the legal system, that is not always the case. One only need look to one of the stars of Little Women: Atlanta, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for a drunken DUI crash that claimed a life. Yahoo News reports on the story.
26-year-old Melissa Hancock, one of the people featured in the Lifetime Television reality show Little Women: Atlanta was sentenced to 20 years behind bars. 4 years of that sentence was suspended, meaning she will spend at least 16 years in jail.
The charges stem from a November 4, 2017 crash. In the incident, Hancock collided with the vehicle of U.S. Coast Guard technician Daniel Dill, 29. At the time, Hancock was driving the wrong way and also disobeyed a highway traffic sign.
Dill had been driving on his way to pick up his wife and her friend at a local bar. They had been celebrating his friend’s birthday.
Dill died of his injuries the next day.
In court testimony, Hancock admitted to having had between two and four mixed alcohol drinks before getting behind the wheel. Her blood-alcohol content was over twice the legal limit of .08%.
In addition to the time behind bars, Hancock was also ordered to pay a fine of $3,000.
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