MADD mom quits over sheriff's testimony

MACON – A victim advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving's middle Georgia chapter has resigned after Bibb County Sheriff Jerry Modena testified for a woman charged with DUI.

Jackie Wilder, whose daughter was killed by a drunken driver in 2006, said Friday that she became disheartened that the state group's executive director did not take a stronger stand after Sheriff Modena testified during Kay Gilbert's trial March 17. Ms. Gilbert's husband was campaign finance manager during Sheriff Modena's re-election bid.

A Modena spokesman, Lt. George Meadows, said the sheriff could not be reached for comment and is not expected to return to the office until late next week.

Ms. Gilbert was convicted by a jury and sentenced to a day in jail, a year of probation, community service and fined $1,000.

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