Man sentenced to 8 years for 2010 wreck that killed two

Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7:59pm
Staff reports

A Nashville judge Thursday sentenced Dustin Coker to eight years in prison followed by eight years of probation after Coker pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication.

Coker had a blood alcohol content of .16 and was estimated to be driving more than 90 mph on North Gallatin Pike when his vehicle struck the car driven by 26-year-old Kevin McManamon, killing him and his passenger Jessica Howard, 21.

Coker said he had had a few drinks at a bar and stopped to get a beer when he left the bar, just before the crash that happened at 1 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2010. The crash later led to a civil suit filed by Howard’s relatives.

Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn sentenced Coker to two eight-year sentences to be served consecutively.

The first 8-year sentence is to serve in jail, and Coker will be eligible for probation after serving 30-percent of that. The second sentence is for supervised probation for two years along with use of the SCRAM device for the first year.

Fishburn also ordered Coker to spend a week in jail each year of his probation, during the week of Howard’s birthday, McManamon’s birthday and the anniversary of their death. Coker is also to serve eight hours a month doing community service related to alcohol awareness or prevention, and he will also lose his license for 10 years.

3 Comments on this post:

By: gid on 1/13/12 at 7:36

8 Yrs, thats is?!! He kills TWO people and only gets 8 years and will probably be released early too (only needs to serve 30%) He blew a .16.
The laws really need to be changed, this is a form of murder. He knew he was drunk, chose to drive a car, doing 90+ on a city street.
If a person shoots a gun into the air and the bullet comes down and kills a random person the shooter could be charged with murder. To me, that is less intentional than what Coker did.

By: T-TownTom on 1/17/12 at 9:23

I fully agree with gid! Unbelievable! Probably be out of jail in less than 3 years and doing it again.

By: Rebel37 on 2/27/12 at 1:34

Here's a thought. Instead of blaming him, why not do something to reach out to people like him? Do I defend his decision? No. But what does hating do? Nothing.

I say this, because I know Dustin personally. We worked together for a few months in the summer before the wreck. I used to pick him up for work every morning. I am also currently trying to find him to minister to him. Doing something! Not just spreading hate. Truth be told, this has changed the way I look at those charged with DUI and those killed. Jus tas the victims have a story, so the drunk drivers have a face, a name, and a mind. If they can be reached and ministered to, is it not better to change their behavior and habits rather than condemn them?

As I said before, I do not condone his behavior. Do I believe his punshment is just or injust? That's not for me to decide and it's not for you to decide. These events have affected me as well as his friend. I do not claim to feel the pain the Kevin McManamon's or Jessica Howard's family feel. No one should have to feel that kind of pain. But is it worth losing an additional life for the sake of self-righteousness?