Sentencing for a Letcher County man

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

After emotional testimony during the trial, Anderson's sentence today did not receive much of a reaction from either family or Anderson.

Families of both Gwendolyn Whitaker and Jonathan Anderson attended a tense sentencing hearing in Letcher County.

"You are hereby sentenced for manslaughter second degree 10 years imprisonment, criminal mischief first degree five years imprisonment, criminal mischief first degree five years imprisonment, and leaving the scene of an accident five years imprisonment," said Letcher County Circuit Judge Samuel T. Wright.

Anderson will serve his 20-year sentence consecutively and will be eligible for parole in three to four years.

Whitaker's family delivered emotional impact statements to the judge.

"Any person could understand that my family and I have suffered from her absence. And that we are broken without her. At times it's almost unbearable," said Sarah Whitaker Watkins, Gwendolyn's daughter.

The prosecutor says this case is a tragedy for both families.

"There are no winners in a case like this. All you can do is hope that someone may think twice about drinking and driving when they see what both families had to go through," said Edison Banks, the prosecutor.

The prosecutor says it was not an accident because Anderson chose to get behind the wheel.

"Know that every time you come up for parole, Gwen's family will be there to represent her and see that you spend as much time in jail where you can't hurt another innocent person," said Tina Allen, Gwendolyn's only sister.

Whitaker's family says they hold Anderson 100% responsible for their loss.

The defense attorney and families declined interviews after the sentencing.

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