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Sentence handed down in emotional vehicular homicide case

A sleepy driver who killed a man in a Pike County traffic accident pleaded guilty Friday afternoon and received jail time. Judge Tommy Hankinson sentenced Jamal Lavan Doaty to 12 months in jail. Doaty, of Thomaston, will serve his jail time on weekends, holidays and during summer vacation so that the incarceration won’t interfere with his college education. The judge also yanked Doaty’s driver’s license for 12 months and ordered him not to have a personal webpage nor use a cell phone or other electronic communications device during that time. Doaty was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and failing to maintain lane following the fatal crash. Doaty admitted to being fatigued and fighting to stay awake as he drove on Highway 19 on Jan. 2, 2008, and collided with a vehicle driven by Donald Kidd, 52, of Williamson. Kidd was killed in the mishap.

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