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Man gets three years for fatal wreck

Published 9:34pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hollyann Heinrich’s father left the courthouse an angry man on Wednesday morning.

“It’s the worst sentence I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Steve Heinrich. “Three years and two months for killing someone. I think it’s deplorable.”

The sentence was handed down to William Byrum Davis, now 28. He pleaded guilty to driving drunk in the wreck that killed Heinrich, 23, of Waverly.

The crash occurred at 1:41 a.m. March 6, 2011, in the 400 block of Glen Haven Drive. Davis was driving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup and ran off the road at a sharp curve. Heinrich died after being ejected from the vehicle; another passenger, Dustin Bishop, who was 23 at the time, was injured.

According to a search warrant filed in the case, a beer bottle and liquor bottle were found in the wreckage. Several other beer bottles were strewn about the yard where the truck landed.

Davis was sentenced to 10 years with seven suspended for aggravated involuntary manslaughter, five years with all five suspended for maiming while driving while intoxicated, and a year with 10 months suspended for first-offense driving while intoxicated, for a total of three years and two months active sentence.

He will have 10 years of probation after he is released.

Steve Heinrich called the sentence “sickening.”

“I’m not impressed with the court system here,” he said.

Heinrich also suggested Davis got a break because he works for the city of Suffolk.

According to city Chief of Staff Debbie George, Davis was a part-time employee of the Parks and Recreation Department since September 2012. His employment was terminated Wednesday, she said.

  • user00

    I remember this well from when it happened. I honestly don’t think this guy should’ve even gotten a manslaughter charge. All THREE of these people chose to get intoxicated and go for a joy ride in the middle of the night. This girl was NOT wearing a seatbelt. I really don’t see how her death is Mr. Davis’s fault, not to the extent of a manslaughter charge.

    I do believe he should’ve sentenced heavily for the DUI. But I think the manslaughter was unnecessary. I understand Mr. Heinrich is upset. The whole story is very tragic and unfortunate but his child chose her path and it’s consequences.

    I live off 58 myself and I can tell anyone who cares to know we have tons of idiots back here, ones who drive like morons when they are sober….and the ones who take the idiocy a bit further and pour alcohol on top of it.

    Drinking and driving are a fatal mix. Duh.

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  • pumpn_fe

    Apparently it really does pay to wear your seatbelt.

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  • FreeSpeech

    Who was the judge? What did the Commonwealth ask for in argument?

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