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Mom admits driving drunk with children

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The mother of three small children who tried to outrun a sheriff’s deputy while drunk with the children in her vehicle pleaded guilty Friday.

Rebecca L. Avrett, 27, was sentenced in Richmond County Superior Court to five years in prison, followed by 15 years on probation. She pleaded guilty to 20 charges, including fleeing, cruelty to children in the second degree, endangering a child while driving under the influence, violation of the Georgia child-restraint law and possession of a open container of alcohol while driving.

Avrett was in a minor accident on James Drive on May 14. When Deputy Calvin Davis arrived, Avrett drove away and hit 80-85 mph before crashing into a tree, District Attorney John Markwalter said.

Judge Michael N. Annis, who was assigned to Avrett’s case, asked her whether the children were injured. Avrett said they had bumps and bruises. The children are 5, 6 and 8.

Avrett’s mother had been killed in a drunken-driving accident when she crashed into a tree, said Assistant Public Defender Penelope Donkar. Avrett, who was a child at the time, was raised in foster homes. She is deeply aware of the tragic irony of what happened in May and has a serious alcohol problem that needs to be addressed, Donkar said.

Avrett’s two previous traffic offenses included a DUI.

Treatment and counseling are part of the sentence Annis imposed. She must also undergo drug tests and treatment for mental health.

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luismartinez
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luismartinez 08/26/11 - 05:39 pm
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While what she did was

While what she did was terrible, her sentence seems rather harsh in porportion. There are those who have done a lot worse and gotten off with a lot less. On second thought , after rereading the article before hitting the save comment button, she should have gotten more. Anyone stupid enough to endanger the lives of their children like that, number one: do not deserve to retain custody of them, and number two: should have driving privileges permanently revoked.

S.Fitz-CSI
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S.Fitz-CSI 08/26/11 - 06:08 pm
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Sad to say but one of those

Sad to say but one of those children ended up with a broken leg in her rampage of irresponsibility, which is a little more than a bump or bruise.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 08/26/11 - 11:33 pm
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if only her last name was

if only her last name was Harbin

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/27/11 - 11:07 am
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Alcohol makes people do dumb

Alcohol makes people do dumb and dangerous things. What this woman did defies logic. If she doesn't spend the five years in prison thiking about how her life ended up in the toilet then there is no hope for her. I pray that she has a moment of clarity and realizes that if she doesn't change then she is doomed to repeat her irrational behavior.
Next time she just might end up killing someone and if that happens then she deserves everything that comes with such a lifestyle.

Cadence
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Cadence 08/27/11 - 01:12 pm
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She needs help with her

She needs help with her alcohol addiction and other mental problems that stem from her childhood. Hopefully she will be motivated to seek help herself.

rojo
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rojo 08/27/11 - 08:02 pm
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I think a mandatory 6 month

I think a mandatory 6 month in house rehab would have done her and her children a lot better than sitting in jail for 5 years. Her children will miss her terribly. They could have counseled together.

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michelengeorgia 08/28/11 - 03:01 pm
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Rebecca is my sister in law &

Rebecca is my sister in law & it is sad that she repeated this behavior over & over since the age of 17. Alcoholism runs in her family but that should not be used as an excuse.

michelengeorgia
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michelengeorgia 08/28/11 - 03:03 pm
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FYI she has more than 2

FYI she has more than 2 previous DUIs. She got one or two when she lived in OK.

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oneconservativetoanother 08/29/11 - 08:42 am
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Rebecca has other problems

Rebecca has other problems that must be addressed. I was one of her foster moms. We tried to love her but to no success. She must take responsibility for her actions and stop blaming her past for her mistakes. She needed the sentence she was given. One, to make sure she gets the help she needs mentally and emotionally. Second, while on the long probtionary period, if she steps out of line into the arms of the law, the revocation time she could face may just keep her alive so that she can learn from this and her children can also learn from her mistakes and this cycle will end. We will continue to pray for grace and mercy on her behalf.

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