Mt. Vernon, Ky. (WKYT) - Clyde White is 81 years old. He can barely walk on his own and required assistance just to go before the judge, who had the task of deciding his fate Friday morning.
“He’ll never be driving again. He’ll never be in the kind of situation he was in before this,” said defense attorney Jim Cox.
His attorneys argued that White requires more care that would typically be available in a traditional prison setting, because of his dementia and both physical and mental ailments.
“I would like to ask the court to consider allowing him to go to a nursing home instead of that,” argued Cox before the judge in the Rockcastle Circuit Courtroom.
Yet prosecutors argued there’s no guarantee White wouldn’t repeat the bizarre behavior that ultimately ended his 83 year old sister, Dorothy “Dot” Whitaker’s life, and put his brother, Lawrence in the hospital, when he rammed the van they were driving on Ky. 461 in August of 2011.
“He killed someone…..injured another. Endangered lives on our roadways. He doesn’t need to be probated. Doesn’t need to be paroled either,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Dalton.
The road rage incident happened as White and his siblings were going back to White’s home in Corbin. Prosecutors said that White suddenly had the belief that his brother and sister were going after his money. Police said White was in one van, and was observed "chasing" his siblings who were in another van south on I-75. They exited on Ky. 461 in Mt. Vernon.
“It’s not easy to explain motivation…but it’s sure easy to see the consequences. It’s just horrible,” said Dalton.
In the end Judge David Tapp didn’t buy the arguments that White would be better off in the a nursing home..other than the Department of Corrections.
“Rash actions which visited grievous harm upon other people,” said Tapp.
White was given a 10 year sentence.
White could be eligible for parole in just two years, because a second degree manslaughter conviction only requires a 20% completion according to Kentucky law.