The Criminal Trial of Defendant McKenzie Crowe consisted of several different key factors that contributed to the death of Allison Bell, a beloved grandmother, mother, and sister. On January 28, 2013 at 2:30 a. m. , McKenzie Crowe was driving northbound on Cook rd. while the victim Allison Bell was Explorer was totaled. Authorities airlifted Allison to Grady where she was pronounced dead upon arrival. When McKenzie Crowe’s blood alcohol level was taken, she had a 1. 02% blood alcohol level. Unfortunately the limit while intoxicated is . 08%.
This is true only if the driver is of a legal drinking age, which is twenty-one. All drivers who are younger than twenty-one should read nothing more than . 02%, or the driver may be charged with a standard DUI offense as well as underage drinking and driving. Based on the information given how long should McKenzie Crowe be held for taking the life of Allison Bell? The Supreme Court Judge Eugene Benton forewarned McKenzie Crowe that she could actually get fifteen years in confinement. The Judge handed down the case to the prosecutor, who advised McKenzie that she has up to four years to file for habeus corpus.
The prosecutor then proceeded to ask McKenzie if she gives up her rights and pleads guilty. After reading McKenzie her Miranda rights she suggests for the states recommendation for counts two and counts four. The Judge then read the Miranda rights to McKenzie asking her if she understands, and if all the facts are true. The Judge made it perfectly clear that there could be Page 2 no one to cause her to plead guilty. McKenzie could only plead on a voluntary basis and factual basis. There had been no negotiations made, but yet McKenzie still wanted to plead. The law in the books is nothing like the law in action emotionally.
There are no other feelings that compare to being in the court room and feeling the sorrow from the victim’s family, and remorse and regret from the defendant. The process of law in action as opposed to law in the books seems pretty similar. The Judge also seemed shaken up by this incident and sentencing. McKenzie, the Prosecutor, McKenzie’s dad, preacher, and gymnastics instructor approached the podium facing the Judge, while they all stood and pleaded McKenzie’s defense. When they were done the victim’s side of the family, one by one, stood up front or at their seats reading their pain out loud to the defendant.
The last and final statement included an apology on behalf of the defendant directed towards the victim’s family, but most of all towards the victim’s pregnant daughter. The Judge quickly announced that it was time to impose sentence. He also explained that Legislature made it possible to serve three to fifteen years probation. The charges are homicide with first degree murder, and for driving under the influence, Judge Benton warned McKenzie that some cases call for the maximum sentence. One of the terms consisted of annual presentations at the local schools, advising them of the dangers of drinking and driving.
However, Even though this was a horrible incident, because of McKenzie’s clean background she was able to take advantage of the first offender act. This allowed McKenzie to serve four years probation for such a young age. The state recommends fifteen years confinement for count three and count five. Count one consisted of fifteen years with three in confinement. The Judge said that count three, four, and five were nol prossed. McKenzie will complete two hundred and forty hours community service, and twelve months with ankle monitor paid for by herself. The Judge required McKenzie Crowe to turn herself in immediately.