Seymour Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Double Fatal Accident

Sevier County (WVLT) - A Seymour man pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault in connection with an accident that killed a newlywed couple.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb has the details.

Three previous drunk driving convictions weren't enough to keep Larry Williamson off the road.

Police say in September 2006, Williamson was driving a pickup truck when he crashed into am motorcycle, killing Brandon Franklin, 21, and Jeni-Lynn Franklin, 18.

Williamson took a plea deal in court on Monday that puts him in jail for 20 years.

He has to serve at least six years.

Some of the victim's family members aren't happy, but considering the judge says some evidence was mishandled, they might not have seen any justice at all.

"Can I live with it? I guess I'll have to," said Dale Franklin, father of Brandon Franklin.

In court, Williamson asked forgiveness.

"I'm so sorry. I pray that someday they will be able to forgive me and i'm truly sorry," he said.

But, some family say that day won't be anytime soon.

"I have no sympathy for you or your family. Our family suffers everyday," said Sharon Denton, Brandon's mother.

"We will be in heaven with our children again. You will be down below serving your just rewards and it won't be in heaven," said Darlene Addis, Jeni-Lynn's mother.

Judge Rex Ogle expressed concern over the handling of evidence by the highway patrol officer.

Williamson's blood wasn't taken for more than three hours after the crash and the judge said blood samples stayed in the back of the officer's vehicle for more than two weeks.

"My 17 year-old daughter would have known better than that," said Dale Franklin.

"They need to realize that's very, very important. Need to get it done just as quick as they can. So the longer it goes on the more it hurts your case. There's no question about it," said Prosecutor Steve Hawkins.

Something else the judge expressed concern over was how the law is written for second degree murder and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Both are Class A felonies.

Second degree murder mandates the sentence be 100% served, but it's only 30% for aggravated vehicular homicide.


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