Berrien woman gets 10 years for vehicular homicide

Berrien woman gets 10 years for vehicular homicide
Brenda Parr Barber (Source: Berrien Co. Sheriff)

NASHVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - Brenda Parr Barber, 60, was sentenced to a decade in prison, with more time on probation, after sentencing in Berrien County Superior Court.

She pled guilty to first degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle and driving under the influence on Monday.

District Attorney Dick Perryman’s Office had asked the court for 10 years in prison on the case and Chief Superior Court Judge Howard McClain agreed.

The prison term will be followed by 20 years of probation.

Barber’s blood test results following the crash in June 2017 showed she had cocaine, opioids, amphetamines and ecstasy in her system, according to the district attorney’s office.

The crash killed Betty Royals and severely injured James Donald Royals, Jr. as they were on their way home from church, the district attorney’s office said.

Barber herself was also injured in the crash.

“Brenda Barber has forever altered the lives of the Royals family with her decision to drive while intoxicated and now she must be held accountable for her actions," Perryman said. “Our prayers continue to be with the Royals family even as this case comes to a close. This is a tragedy that was easily avoidable, but the devastating consequences are permanent. I am grateful for the hard work and effort from my staff in this matter, especially Assistant District Attorney Byron Watson."

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