Probation Plea Ignored; Lincoln County Woman Headed to Prison

Carolyn Foley walked into the Stanford courtroom with a note. She put her words of apology in writing, hoping to get some mercy from the judge.

Brandy Ison Simpson was pregnant and a passenger in Foley's truck when it crashed on Thanksgiving Eve. Simpson and her unborn son, Wade, later died.

A jury found Foley guilty of second degree manslaughter and fetal homicide because she was drunk.

On Friday, she admitted her life would never be the same. “I know there's nothing I can do or say to take away your pain. But I'm truly sorry when I say I'm sorry,’ said Foley, reading from the note before Circuit Judge Jeffrey Burdette.

But Simpson's mother wanted more. “I think it should have come more from the heart, instead of writing it down. It would have made me feel better. It would have made me feel that she was really sorry,” said Sandy Ison.

Carolyn Foley asked for probation, but instead the judge said she needed to go to prison to protect the public.

Judge Burdette kept the jury's recommendation of 18 years. That's a consecutive sentence of eight years for Simpson's death and 10 for her unborn son, Wade.

“I think there is a substantial risk that you would re-offend,” Judge Burdette told Foley. “This is not just bad judgment. There is some dishonesty, untruthfulness, never accepting responsibility at the time.”

Now, the victims' family hopes Foley can find counseling and they can find forgiveness.

“In time I'll forgive her,” said Ison.


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  • by Janie Location: Eubank on Aug 25, 2007 at 06:16 AM
    Judge Burdett is wrong in this, this sentence is harsh. Both of these girls choose to go and do this and the one that died knew she was pregnant and was probably drinking herself. Just because she died, this other girl has to "live" with this if she can. I don't say God help someone easily, but I say God help this girl through this. How can our state feel that an unborn babies life is worth more then a living human being and this ruling shows a total disregard to this female driver that is going to prison for more time over this unborn baby then she is over her living friend. Remember these girls were friends, probably best friends. I sure hope that nothing else happens like this and no one else goes through this. This mom of this girl that died didn't really care if it was a written or said apology she is angry and upset about all of this at this moment. I don't believe that counseling will help anyone here it can't bring back the friend or take away this sentence!
  • by wonder Location: ky on Aug 25, 2007 at 05:28 AM
    why did the pregnant lady get in the vehicle if she known the driver was drinking??

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