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Oxford teen sentenced in DUI fatality

COVINGTON — An Oxford teenager charged in a DUI crash that killed a 56-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

McKenzie Farrow Crowe was arrested in connection with a January 2012 head-on car crash on Cook Road that claimed the life of Alison Bell of Covington. Crowe was charged with two felony counts of homicide by vehicle, two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence under the age of 21 and one misdemeanor count of failure to maintain lane.

Crowe was sentenced in a non-negotiated plea before Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

According to Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Melanie Bell (no relation to the victim), the DA’s office recommended that Crowe be sentenced to 15 years, with the first five to be spent in prison; the defense requested a sentence of five years on probation with 120 days to be spent in a probation detention center.

Judge Benton sentenced Crowe to 15 years, with the first three years in confinement and then another year under house arrest in which Crowe would wear an ankle monitor.

Bell said as a special condition of her probation, Crowe will be required to annually give talks to local high school students “in an effort to prevent this type of tragedy in the future.” Crowe was an Eastside High School senior at the time of the crash.

During court Monday, Bell said members of the victim’s family — two sisters, a brother and daughter — gave victim impact statements explaining how the loss had impacted their family.

Bell said that Crowe’s minister, gymnastics instructor and father gave statements on her behalf. She said Crowe also spoke and apologized to the victim’s family.

“It was very tearful for both sides,” she said.

“There are no winners in a case like this because she’s a young girl who made a terrible decision that night that resulted in someone’s death,” Bell added.

Defense attorneys asked that Crowe be allowed to finish the semester at Georgia College and State University before reporting to prison, but Judge Benton denied the request. Bell said Crowe was taken into custody immediately.