An Arkansas man who was convicted of two counts of DUI causing serious injury from an incident occurring in 2013.
"Samuel Elijah Yearber, 34, of Pontiac, Ark., . . . [was sentenced] . . . to a total of 15 years, with five suspended, leaving 10 years to serve, followed by 5 years of probation. Yearber was also ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution for the victims' medical expenses. He faced up to 25 years on each count. At the sentencing hearing, the defense requested leniency, saying he had no criminal history and pointing to his 16 years of military service. After the 2013 crash, he was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force by way of court-martial."
Mr. Yearber's blood-alcohol level was 0.13 and as a result of the accident, the Defendant's passenger now suffers from a permanent brain injury and the prosecution argued the passenger.
". . . now lives at a rehabilitation facility where she gets medical help and assistance with her daily life. She has no use of her right arm, walks with a substantial limp, and cannot speak. Instead, she uses a computer program on a tablet. She is unable to care for her daughter, who is now 5 years old and must rely on family members."
The driver of the vehicle Mr. Yearber collided with also suffered a broken pelvis.
According to the accident reconstructionist, it was also determined Mr. Yearber “was driving 88 mph in a 45 mph zone when he ran into the other car just after 3 a.m.”
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