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Woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide, receives four-year prison sentence

23-year-old gets 4-year prison term in fatal wreck

Monday, April 1, 2013 5:42 PM
Last updated Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:54 AM
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A woman involved in a fatal crash last summer pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Judge J. David Roper accepted the plea recommendation for Kalisa L. Luke, 23, and sentenced her to four years in prison, followed by 11 years on probation.

Luke admitted in Richmond County Superior Court that she was driving under the influence when her vehicle struck 40-year-old Hilton A. Milton on Windsor Spring Road in the early-morning hours of June 17.

She was scheduled to stand trial this week in connection with the fatal crash, but after several hours of jury selection Monday, she chose to plead guilty.

Two hours after Milton was killed, Luke’s blood alcohol level was 0.076, Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar said Monday.

Milton – who was thrown from his motorcycle after Luke turned in front of him – did not have any trace of alcohol or drugs in his system, Homlar said.

Three months before the fatal motorcycle accident, Luke had been arrested for driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of a road. That DUI charge is still pending.

Just before 6 a.m. on March 17, 2012, Luke was arrested after driving the wrong way on Central Avenue.

According to court records in that case, she nearly collided with a sheriff’s deputy who was driving on the correct side of the street.

A driver is not presumed to be under the influence below 0.08, although a jury can consider other circumstances of the arrest, such as the smell of alcohol.

Luke’s pending DUI case would not be one of those circumstances.

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palmetto1008 04/02/13 - 04:31 am
I'm thinking that I need a

I'm thinking that I need a tutorial to navigate and understand this report.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 04/02/13 - 06:40 am

I agree, Palmetto. The writing is atrocious. Where is the editor? We have lost the concept of the paragraph. Hey, Augusta Chronicle editor, it is okay to put more than one sentence into a paragraph. Keep thoughts together in a whole.

Fiat_Lux 04/02/13 - 08:35 am
A lot of times spacing like this happens

because the article must be chopped and spread out to fit and fill up the space in the dead tree edition.

That's not always the case, but... The actual writing in this article doesn't seem particular bad, although it would have been a little easier to follow had the sentences not been strung out so much.

itsanotherday1 04/02/13 - 08:41 am
I don't get it.

Remember the article a few days ago where the guy gets 10 years for trying to drown two dogs? This woman gets 4 for killing another human being. Unintentional, but through negligence all the same.

Darby 04/02/13 - 11:32 am
Another paragon of vitrue....

for our children to emulate... A virtual diamond in the rough.

Now we get to house her, clothe her, feed her and provide free medical care for the next 48 months. Disgusting!

Forget the jail time.. She should be placed on hard labor cleaning the streets for four or five years.

She's going to learn nothing in jail. And when she comes out, it will be right back to business as usual.

Red Headed Step Child
Red Headed Step Child 04/02/13 - 12:57 pm
There should be a standard...

in the punishments. Didn't the guy that killed the teen in Evans get a longer sentence? I think it was at least 12 years. This chick has been found on MULTIPLE occasions driving under the influence - it was only a matter of time before she killed someone. I'm with you Darby - 3 hots and a cot isn't punishment enough for someone who CLEARLY has an issue.

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