|Mayfield given 50 years|
|Wednesday, October 17, 2012|
From Post staff reports
A woman who pleaded guilty to charges resulting from the death of a 4-year-old boy and his grandfather in a DUI wreck was sentenced to a prison term of 50 years on Tuesday.Barbara Mayfield pleaded guilty in August to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular assault, third DUI and second driving on a revoked license.
Authorities said Mayfield was driving while intoxicated when her vehicle crashed into several others at East High and Cedar Streets in July 2011. The crash killed Alton Barrett, 4, and his grandfather, James Barrett, 69. A third victim, Ronnie Boyd, was reportedly paralyzed.
Lebanon Police, which investigated the accident, said Mayfield’s blood alcohol content was .25, or more than three times the legal limit when the accident occurred. In addition, Mayfield was reportedly speeding, driving up to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Mayfield’s driver’s license had been revoked due to prior convictions for DUI, one of which occurred a couple of months before the July ’11 accident. Police noted that she had been arrested mainly for public intoxication more than 12 times previously. She was reportedly wearing a monitoring device on her leg when the deadly accident occurred.
Mayfield must serve at least 30 percent of her sentence meaning she will be eligible for parole in 15 years.
She did not deny driving while intoxicated but reportedly told the court on Tuesday that she had a seizure after not taking medication and did not remember the accident. Mayfield, in accepting responsibility for the accident, apologized to the victims’ family and said she thinks about the victims all the time and that she did not mean to hurt anyone.