UPDATE: Man found guilty of second degree manslaughter

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Update 10pm, September 1st

A Letcher County man could spend two decades in prison for his role in a deadly accident.

Thursday, jurors found Jonathan Anderson guilty of 2nd degree manslaughter in the death of Gwendolyn Whitaker.

Anderson was driving drunk in Whitesburg last November when he hit Whitaker's vehicle from behind.

Anderson was also found guilty of two counts of first degree criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.

After Thursday's jury recommendation, Anderson is expected to be sentenced to 20 years behind bars on September 28th.


A jury in Letcher County is still deliberating on a recommended sentence for Jonathan Anderson.

Earlier today jurors found him guilty of second degree manslaughter along with other charges in connection with a deadly crash.

The jury deliberated for more than three hours.

The jury sentenced 25-year-old Anderson to 25 years in prison for second degree manslaughter, two counts of first degree criminal mischief, and leaving the scene of an accident.

The jury gave him the maximum for each charge.

Anderson faces 20 years in prison.

Anderson will be eligible for parole in nearly three and a half years.

He was driving drunk on the Whitesburg by-pass when he struck Gwendolyn Whitaker's vehicle from the rear and ran away from the scene.

Whitaker died from injuries sustained in the collision.

"I hit my brakes and swerved the wheel as hard as I could," said Jonathan Anderson.

During the penalty phase, Anderson's previous DUI and alcohol charges were presented to the jury.

"The terrible thing is that this was not his first offense. I could have some compassion for someone that makes a mistake, if it was their first time, but he's done this before," said Tina Allen, Gwen's younger sister.

Anderson's family is asking for forgiveness.

"He's a young boy. He didn't mean to do this. And we're all praying for your family," Leshia Daniels, friend of Anderson family.

Both families say they are sorry about what happened on November 21, 2010 because someone's life was taken.

"Gwen loved everyone. And I miss her each day," said Mitch Whitaker, Gwen's husband.

Anderson is also charged with a DUI, having no insurance, and registration tags.

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