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Driver in deadly crash gets shock probation

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Meredith Browning will serve 100 hours of community service each year over the next five years. Cierra's family says they hope that something good can come out of this because, they say their daughter received the death penalty.

It happened in May of 2009. Cierra James was killed in a car crash on Richmond Road in Lexington. Meredith Brown, the driver was 20 years old at the time. She did plea guilty to reckless homicide and DUI, after admitting she had a glass of wine.

"Cierra paid the ultimate price. And try as I might, there is nothing I can ever do to change that fact," says Charles James, Cierra's father.

It was inside a Fayette County Circuit Court that a judge granted the shock probation request today. But not before hearing how Browning would spend her community service hours.

"I want to go to high schools and talk to students about the dangers when you go out and have a good time with your friends," says Meredith Browning.

Cierra's father embraced family after the decision was handed down. Since no decision could have brought his daughter back, he has just one request,"If I had the chance, I'd like to accompany her on those things...and have the chance to have the story told by both of us. So that the kids would know the impact this has on families."

As part of her shock probation, Browning will also need to take routine drug and alcohol tests. She will be required to become a full-time student, or full-time employee, or part-time student and part-time employee. She will need to meet with a probation officer and pay a $10 a month fee.

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