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Manslaughter suspect pleads guilty in court

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

After two days of testimony from police and witnesses, the manslaughter case against Sheila Whitler took a turn on Wednesday as she changed her plea in court.

"We were glad they re-extended their offer on a plea deal", says Jerry Anderson, Sheila Whitler's attorney.

Whitler was accused of hitting 31-year-old John Vice as he crossed the intersection of Lyon Drive and Man O War on November 27, 2007.

Police say she initially told them Vice ran out in front of her. They say she had a .17 blood alcohol level, with ambien, valium, and hydrocodone in her system when she hit Vice. They also say she was traveling nearly 17 miles over the speed limit.

Today's guilty plea by Whitler brought the case to a close today.

We were looking for a guilty plea. It's not going to bring my brother back but we've been waiting two years for this and two years is a long time", says James Vice, the brother of John Vice.

The prosecution says the plea deal came on a day surveillance video was to be shown in court of John Vice crossing the intersection that day.

"There's no question he was walking against the light but all of a sudden you could see him running and we believe he was running for his life", says Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson.

She was taken into custody in the courtroom. A formal sentencing for her will be held on December 18th.

"These proceedings may be over but it still doesn't help with the loss of my brother", says James Vice.


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