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Karen Irby sentenced to 18 years

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – There was a stiff 18-year prison sentence handed down to Karen Irby in a Hinds County courtroom Tuesday.  The Jackson socialite pled guilty to two counts of culpable negligence manslaughter for the wreck that killed two doctors back in February 2009. 

Karen Irby sobbed as she apologized to the families of Dr. Mark Pogue and his fiance, Dr. Lisa Dedousis. 

"First, I want to express my sincere sorrow to Paul Pogue, Susan Joiner, John Dedousis, Sr., John, Jr., and Madeline Dedousis.  I'm sorry for the pain, suffering I've caused you.  The grief has been indescribable," she said in court. 

Surprisingly, a member from each of the victims' families spoke before the court in support of Karen Irby.  Dr. John Dedousis said she was a good mother.  He blamed Karen's husband, Stuart Irby, saying Karen was being beaten by her husband, who drank heavily the night of the crash.

Irby admitted in court earlier that she had two glasses of wine and was driving faster than the speed limit when she drove her car into oncoming traffic in northeast Jackson on February 11, 2009.  The Mercedes-Benz driven by Irby hit a pickup truck driven by Pogue.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green said Karen Irby, 39, could have faced up to 20 years in prison, but Green reduced the sentence because she believed Stuart Irby, a passenger in the car, "had a hand" in the deadly wreck. 

 Judge Green said from the bench, "I'm not sentencing you today for Mr. Irby.  His day is coming." 

Patrick Beasley says the Hinds County District Attorney has no plans to pursue charges against Stuart Irby. 

"We felt that the accident was caused not because of violence, the accident was caused because of speed excessive speed," said Beasley. 

A person going to prison now must serve at least 85% of their sentence or in Karen Irby's case 15 years, unless, she makes trusty in which case it's 15 divided by 2 or 7 ½ years.  She was transferred directly from the Hinds County Courthouse to the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility south of Whitfield in Rankin County. 

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