Friday, March 26 2010 12:30 PM EDT2010-03-26 16:30:29 GMT
It appears the prominent Jackson couple involved in a deadly wreck a few months has been jet setting. This just days after WLBT learned Karen Irby had been indicted by a Hinds County Grand Jury on murder charges related to the accident.More >>
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.
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:13 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:13:14 GMT
Two elementary school girls were allegedly sexually assaulted by another female student. One incident happening while the two girls were at school. Two mothers are now speaking out about their daughters.More >>
Two Jackson mothers are speaking out after they say their daughters were sexually assaulted by another female student. One of the incidents allegedly happened at school.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:05:30 GMT
A Jackson Public School district principal has had her license suspended for one year. Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson is the principal at Watkins Elementary school.A spokesperson for the Mississippi DepartmentMore >>
A Jackson Public School district principal has had her license suspended for one year. Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson is the principal at Watkins Elementary school.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:07 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:07:42 GMT
Joseph Patrick Coates has pled guilty to three counts of sale of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 52 years in prison. The last eight years of the sentenced were suspended and he'll be placedMore >>
Joseph Patrick Coates has pleaded guilty to three counts of sale of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 52 years in prison. The last eight years of the sentence were suspended and he'll be placed on supervised probation following his release.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:28 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:28:21 GMT
Three on Your Side receives a complaint of tainted gas in Clinton Wednesday. Toby Latham said water in gasoline from Kangaroo Express on Springridge Road damaged his vehicle. According to the Byram motorist,More >>
One customer at a gas station in Clinton claims water in the fuel damaged his vehicle.
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:17:05 GMT
James Hutto interrupted his own capital murder trial Tuesday morning, angry that judge Bill Gowan decided against the admissibility of certain evidence. "None of that matters? F***. I don't give a f***More >>
Eighty-one year old Ethel Winstead Simpson was killed between 11:30 p.m. on September 13 and 1:15 a.m. on September 14, 2010. Prosecutors narrowed down the time frame Wednesday in the Capital Murder trial of James Hutto.More >>
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