Georgia Legal News

Aiken County Man Charged with DUI and Vehicular Deaths

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on October 25, 2008

An Aiken County man charged with the vehicular deaths of two Georgia men and severely injuring a third has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for the December 2007 DUI-related crash in the City of Aiken.

Joey Leverane Brown Jr., 26, of Windsor, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of felony DUI with death and one count of felony DUI with great bodily injury.

Brown was sentenced to serve 15 years for the death of 40-year-old Johnnie L. Mathis of Augusta, 15 years for the death of 35-year-old Thomas Paul Sellers, also of Augusta, and 12 years for injuring 46-year-old Cleveland Gene Scott of Hephzibah. The years in his sentence will run concurrent with each other. Brown will also be required to pay up to $25,000 in fines and fees.

The fatal crash occurred nearly a year ago, the morning of Dec. 8, when Brown was driving with the three other men on Dibble Road in the City of Aiken. Brown lost control of the vehicle, which then ran off the roadway and overturned during the crash.

The driver and Scott were able to escape from the overturned vehicle before it caught fire, but the other two men did not get out.  Brown was treated for minor injuries and Scott was hospitalized. Mathis and Sellers died in the fire, officials said at the time.

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