Yesterday, 3 years after the accident, Jabari Harding, a 30-year old Army staff sergeant, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing two college girls, in Columbia.
He was drinking when it happened. What might have been just a DUI or a tragic traffic accident became reckless homicide.
It happened in August 2009 at the corner of Gervais and Harden Street. Harding’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.08% as he was leaving a bar, and his truck crashed into another car killing two college girls, ages 20 and 18.
The 10 year sentence was part of the second plea deal worked out for Harding. In the first plea agreement, the sentence was 7 years, but a judge rejected 7 years as too lenient for two counts of reckless homicide.
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