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

Last Modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 10:53 AM

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.

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