Man Convicted of DUI Related Murder Speaks Out From Jail.

He says his family always tried to help him live a better life. His daughter, who's in an Oklahoma Christian college..and his mother...led that charge.

“My mom tried to get me to the right thing. I'm paying for it now,” said Garner Thursday, from the Whitley County Detention Center in Williamsburg.

Garner was convicted of two counts of murder, fetal homicide and assault because he drove more than 90 miles an hour while drunk, hit 3 cars, killed 2 people including a pregnant woman and injured four others. But now, Garner says he's a changed man.

“If it wasn't for the Lord. I wouldn't be here now,” he said.

Garner says he goes to jailhouse church services, reads Christian books..and thinks about the victims of the accident almost non stop. And he says if there's any good to come out of his tragedy...it's a message about alcohol.

“The message out there is alcohol is a drug. The message is it lowers your body senses. That's the first thing that goes,” said Garner.

Garner received the maximum penatly possible. 3 consecutive life sentences, and 4 consecutive 20 year sentences on the assault charges was the jury recommendation returned Wednesday. But Garner says he's not surprised the jury wants him locked away for so long.

“I kind of had a feeling it might go that way,” he said.

Garner says his incarceration is a lesson for others to learn.

“Actually that might be good thing. It might keep someone from doing it again, “ Garner said.

He says he wants to sit down with the victims' families and apologize to them in person.

“I didn't hurt nobody on purpose. I’d never do that. I've always tried to help people.”


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  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    Believe me, he does understand the severity of his crime and no matter how it sounds he doesn't make excuses for it. He knows he was wrong and lives with that everyday. It doesn't for one instant, take away the pain to the other families. I understand that and I pray for those families, but if someone is admitting their guilt and trying to change and help people to realize how horrible and deadly alcohol can be, the least you can do is pray for him or at least not condemn him any more. He knows he was wrong and he understands why he will be in jail for the rest of his life. At least he is trying to get others to understand how bad of a choice he made so that maybe this will not happen again. That last thing he wants is a pity party for himself. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I know there is an empty spot in your heart and life that will never be full again. I hope that some time you may find peace.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Aug 2, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    He should be like one local lawyer and say that he doesn't remember.
  • by Amy Location: Severville tn on Aug 1, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    I just wanna say of course he is sorry he is in jail. He knows there nothing else to do but say sorry but why didnt he do that why he was on the stand? If he so sorry. Also this is his thrid DUI obviously has not learned his lesson till he killed someone that you are not allowed to do what u have been told not to do. Also he says his family there or going to help him. Well his brother admitted on the stand also that him and his wife were drinking all day and they drove also! So what are they going to help you do, more drinking and driving?
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Aug 1, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    Get M. Mills lawyer and tell the court you don't remember doing it.
  • by anonymous Location: williamsburg on Aug 1, 2008 at 02:06 PM
    everybody has a opinion, and we all make mistakes, this human being is not the same person that he was a year ago, he has changed his whole life, and when times of troubles we have a tendence to try to change things and sometimes make the wrong dicsion, he was trying to start a new life and made the wrong choice and deals with it daily, he doesnt disagree that he should be punished for his wrong doing, because he is punished everyday with the thoughts he has to live with, but come on the sent. is a little steep, he didnt kill them on purpose, and gets more time than a murder would if they meant to. he is a good person and from a good family yeah he needs your prayers just at the families of the vitims, but just stop and think 1 mistakes of a alcohol and drugs has changed his life and he says maybe it will keep it from happening to someone else..
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2008 at 07:24 AM
    I am so thankful that the drunk driver understands his guilt. He knows this is where he belongs. The World is so down on cigaretts,yet know one has been killed to my knowledge under the influence of cigarettes. Why is alcohol such a small problem and cigarettes are such a big problem? While sitting in your smokeless bars, this should cross your mind. It could be your wife, grandchild, child, etc. Put pressure on these liquor stores.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Aug 1, 2008 at 03:18 AM
    Another jailhouse pitty party. I hope he gets what he deserves and he stays in prison for the rest of his life. Of course he is sorry, he is sitting in jail. You are old enough to know better and you probably should have listened to your mother and your family.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2008 at 12:18 AM
    I am not trying to judge you and I am glad you are going to church and trusting in the Lord. But it really bothers me when you say you didn't mean to hurt anyone. You knew when you drank and you got into that vehicle that you was impaired. We are taught from the time we start driving not to drink and drive. I know everyone makes mistakes and I also believe people should pay for those mistakes if they could have been prevented. I don't know that I could sit down and talk to you if I was a family member. I know that God teaches us to forgive and to see the good in everyone but it would be hard for me. I pray for the family members of the victims, your family members and you. I hope you really understand the severity of your crime. You killed innocent people, you took away their future. The pregnant lady had a miracle inside her and that was taken away. I wish you and your family the best!!! Everyone involved will remain in my prayers.
  • by WHAT Location: IRVINE on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:50 PM
    YOU KNOWED IT WAS WRONG WHAT YOU WAS DOING BEFORE YOU DONE WHAT YOU DONE DIDNT YOU? THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED,NOW THAT YOU ARE LOCKED UP YOU WANT SOMEONE TO FEEL FOR YA DONT YA, MY GOSH,YOU ARE A GROWN MAN
  • by susan Location: jellico on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    he's wrong no matter what he knew it was likley to happen and those innocent vitrms lives he took yeah he deserved as if it were me i'd deserve it as well but it's a real tragedy for everyone involved

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