Arkansas’ Graham sentenced to prison in Law. Co. DWI death, injury

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Johnny Graham

A man who caused an automobile collision while driving drunk, resulting in the death of one woman and seriously injuring another, was sentenced to what amounts to a decade behind bars. Johnny Graham, 45, of Alpena, Ark., pleaded guilty to two felony counts on Tuesday, Aug. 9: driving while Intoxicated, causing death of another, and driving while Intoxicated, resulting in serious physical injury. Graham was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the first charge and seven years in the second. As part of his plea bargain, he will serve the sentences concurrently.
The Lawrence County Record previously reported that the accident took place on Monday, Oct. 4, just before 2 p.m., at the intersection of U.S. Highway 60 and Business 60 in Verona when Graham, while making a left turn, allegedly failed to yield to a vehicle being driven by Lisa Sanders, of Aurora. The cars collided, and Sanders was seriously injured, while her mother, Jewell Letterman, also of Aurora, who was a passenger in the car, was killed. Graham was ultimately found to have a blood alcohol level of .166, more than twice the legal limit in Missouri.
Graham was transferred to the Missouri Department of Corrections on Friday, Aug. 12.


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