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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
September 5, 2006
Douglas- The waiting is over in the criminal phase of the Amanda Troupe drunk driving case, which resulted in the deaths of five Coffee County children in 2003.
Troupe, convicted of driving under the influence in a south Georgia crash that killed five children three years ago in all-terrain vehicle accident, was sentenced today to a year of probation.
Troupe includes got nine months in a probation detention center, a month in an alcohol treatment center and community service.
Troupe was driving her Lincoln LS after having what she claimed were three beers at the Douglas Ruby Tuesday's when she struck an ATV overloaded with six kids. The head-on collision killed Megan Nelson, Kayla and Dustin Varnedore, Lindsay Joyner, and Courtney Arsenault.
Defense attorney Tom Pujadas claimed that Troupe was being used as a scapegoat, and told jurors that the children and their parents were just as responsible for the accident.
District Attorney Rick Curry said that Troupe should be held responsible for her actions.
That she had been drinking before the collision was not in question. Troupe's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit of .08 the night of the ATV crash three years ago. A GBI crime lab toxicologist testified Troupe's blood alcohol level registered .155.
Troupe was found guilty of Driving under the Influence and Driving under the influence, less safe. The maximum sentences for those misdemeanor crimes is a year maximum for each. She was acquitted of all other charges, including multiple counts of vehicular homicide.
Amanda Troupe had been out of jail on a five thousand dollar bond, pending her sentencing.
While the criminal case is resolved, the civil cases are just beginning. All of the victim's families will file suit against the Ruby Tuesday restaurant, and Tammy Bass has filed suit against the Nelsons, making public debate over this case far from over.