Woman to serve intermittent jail time during the next 10 Father's Days, Christmases

Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 6:03pm

The meaning of Father’s Day changed dramatically for one woman Thursday, after she altered it for another woman two years ago.

Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn sentenced Katrina Cornwell, 36, to serve intermittent jail sentences in one-week increments over Father’s Day weekends and Christmas holidays for the next 10 years, according to a release from the district attorney general’s office. Cornwell pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide by intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

The charges stemmed from an October 2009 incident in which Cornwell, driving drunk, hit and killed tow truck driver Eddy McCreery while he was on the shoulder of Interstate 40 near Spence Lane loading his daughter’s stalled car onto his truck.

Cornwell drove on, but police found her later that night asleep in her car in an Opry Mills Mall parking lot.

Fishburn also ordered Cornwell to speak to school students about the dangers of drinking and driving, on the dates of McCreery’s birth and the date of his death. Cornwell is to lose her license for at least three years, and continue treatment and speaking engagements.

7 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 6/24/11 at 6:08

Sentence is still light for the crime and useless death of another.
Tn has a hard time truly punishing reckless and careless auto
death cases.

By: conniem on 6/24/11 at 8:58

I would have loved to see what sentence she would have gotten if she was a black or hispanic american. The southern justice never seems to amaze. You can't replace this man's life by making her remember him on 2 holidays, can you say great attorney.

By: girliegirl on 6/24/11 at 10:09

@Govskeptic.... So true.

By: Kosh III on 6/24/11 at 10:36

There's not a lot of detail to go on here. If the woman was single, with a dozen kids who would be homeless without her---maybe.
But just going by this article, she should be serving a looooooong sentence in prison.
Is she a relative of someone powerful? What was the judge's reasoning?

By: budlight on 6/24/11 at 10:47

By: govskeptic on 6/24/11 at 6:08
Sentence is still light for the crime and useless death of another.
Tn has a hard time truly punishing reckless and careless auto
death cases.

Good point Gov. I agree with you. Kosh, you are right on also.

And conniem how do you know her race? Was her photo in paper? When?

By: girliegirl on 6/24/11 at 10:49

Actually, Sidney, it was on a national website, but cannot recall right this moment. I ran across it yesterday while doing research. It was a somewhat slanderous comment about TN law, and that we don't take DUI offenders very seriously compared to other states. So sad.

By: Magnum on 6/24/11 at 11:01

There seems to be a disconnect between the sentencing for first time DUI offenders and those where more is involved (death, repeat, etc.). A first time offender in TN loses his/her license for a year automatically and serves time in jail (typically 48 hours to a week depending on level of impairment). In addition, he or she has this DUI on his or her record forever. Kill someone and your punishment is to do 7 -10 days of jail time per year and some speaking engagements. I don't know, seems light to me too...especially when compared to the first time offense sentencing.