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Clearwater Resident Gets 44 Years for DUI Manslaughter

Demetrius Jordan did not intend to kill the passengers in an intersection on August 1st, 2010, but he wasn’t able to drive safely under the influence of alcohol. According to court records, Jordan mixed alcohol with an alcoholic energy drink called Four-Loko before getting behind the wheel that fateful night. He also smoked marijuana, adding to his level of impairment.

Jordan then drive through an intersection and slammed into a car driven by a 51-year-old father. The man’s three sons were also in the car. The father and sons were out for a guy’s night while vacationing in Florida, and were on their way back from the movie theater when they were killed by Jordan. All of the men in the car died on impact.

Jordan originally plead “not guilty” to his charges, but eventually stopped his own trial by declaring that he had hit the family and deserved his sentence. He told the judge that it hurts his heart to know that he took four people’s lives, and that he took full responsibility for what he had done. Jordan’s mother Alice pleaded that her son could have a lighter sentence and claimed that her son was merely experimenting with energy drinks at the time of the accident.

According to Mom, Jordan had never been in trouble. She said that he was a very positive young man and that the whole instance was a serious mistake. Jordan was sentenced to 44 years behind bars once he declared that he was guilty of his offense. In addition to having drugs and alcohol in his system, investigators believe that Jordan was driving at least 80 miles per hour. The women of the McConnell family were devastated by the saddening occurrence, and even Jordan’s 44 –year prison sentence isn’t enough to satisfy their loss.

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