A 75-year-old woman pleaded to an
amended charge Monday in the 2013 death of a 92-year-old woman on La.
109 in Vinton.
Millie Adams Powell, of Michie,
Tenn., pleaded no contest to negligent homicide, amended from
vehicular homicide, in the death of Port Arthur, Texas-woman Rubye
Judge Robert Wyatt sentenced Powell to
three years probation and deferred imposition of jail sentence
pending Jones' successful completion of probation. Powell must also
pay $75 per month in fees.
Wyatt said he did not believe jail time
was appropriate in the case.
The 2010 Ford Fusion Powell was driving
rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped to turn left “causing
relatively minor damage” on March 1, 2013, according to a Louisiana
State Police news release sent out in the days following the
Jones, of Port Arthur, Texas, was taken
to a hospital with moderate injuries, but died on March 3, state
police said. The Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office said her death was
the result of her injuries.
Powell, who also lived in Port Arthur
at the time, was charged with DWI, careless operation, expired
driver's license and first-degree negligent injury before Jones'
DWI prosecutor Marcus Myers said Powell
had “a couple minor arrests years ago,” but that she had no
convictions on her record. He said he consulted with Jones' family
before agreeing to the deal.
Defense attorney Adam Johnson asked
Wyatt for mercy. Powell would have faced a mandatory three years in
prison if convicted of vehicular homicide.
Johnson said he believed Powell had a
“winnable” case, had it gone to trial.
“This puts (Powell) in a situation at
a time in her life where she has to make a decision whether to fight
or move on,” Johnson said.