75-year-old woman pleads no contest in vehicular death of 92-year-old woman

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

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

Jones.

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

accident.

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'

death.

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.