NASHVILLE, GA (WALB) - The trial of a man accused of murder in a Berrien County crash that left two people dead ended Thursday morning with a guilty verdict.
District Attorney Dick Perryman said Israel Timothy Rutland was convicted on 14 different charges, including two counts of Felony Murder and one count of Serious Injury by Vehicle.
The Berrien County jury handed down its verdict after and eight day trial.
Chief Judge Dane Perkins sentenced Rutland to life in prison plus an additional six years, after he was convicted of Felony Murder and other charges after he killed two people while fleeing from law enforcement in a high-speed chase in 2013.
"This was a grueling trial that thankfully ended with the jury correctly finding Rutland guilty. Hopefully this can allow the victim and the victim's families to continue to heal. Unfortunately, we are powerless to bring back those lost lives, be we do feel that the conclusion of this trial helped to bring some justice. I am grateful for the hard work and effort from my staff, especially Assistant District Attorney Patrick Warren," D. A. Perryman said.
Prosecutors said that Tim Rutland was driving 101 miles per hour, trying to get away from law enforcement officers in November 2013.
He ran a stop sign on Nashville Enigma Highway and slammed into an SUV, killing Matt Horton, his sister Kelly Prescott. and seriously injuring their sister Heidi Mancil.