Woman sentenced for vehicular homicide

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Sevier County woman will spend the next three decades behind bars for a vehicular homicide on New Year's Day, 2009.

Deborah Gibson, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Sevier County court. She was sentenced to 15 years for vehicular homicide by intoxication, and 8 years each on vehicular assault and reckless aggravated assault.

Officials say forensic testing showed Gibson was under the influence of pharmaceuticals when she crashed into the Wilson family of South Carolina and Indiana.

Carolyn Wilson was killed in the crash. Her son Stephen suffered life-threatening injuries, and her husband Larry and daughter-in-law, Marlena, were also injured.

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  • by Catherine Location: Marieta, GA on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    I am the daughter of Carolyn Wilson, who was killed by Deborah Gibson. I don't know where you folks get your information, but your story is horribly wrong. Deborah Gibson received a total of 15 years, not the 30 that you reported. And under Tennessee law, she is eligible for parole after 5 1/2 years in prison. Please correct your story. The citizens of Tennessee deserve to know that there is little justice if your loved one is a victim of vehicular homicide.


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