Jack Husband, Jr., of Wewahitchka was sentenced last week to spend a minimum of four years in prison for DUI manslaughter.


Jack Husband, Jr., of Wewahitchka was sentenced last week to spend a minimum of four years in prison for DUI manslaughter.



Husband pleaded no contest to the second degree felony which could have brought him a maximum of 15 years in prison.



Circuit Court Judge Shonna Young Gay adjudicated Husband guilty and sentenced him to five years in prison and 10 years probation.



The mandatory minimum Husband must serve is four years.



Gay also told Husband that he could petition after five years to waive the additional term of his probation given he had not violated probation, but that the petition carried no guarantee.



Husband, who had no criminal record at the time of the February 2011 accident that resulted in the charges against him, also had his driver’s license revoked for life.



 Husband was driving on State 71 near Jehu Cemetery Road north of Wewahitchka on Feb. 8, 2011 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck Murray Edwin Sedich.



Sedich, 22, was a carnival worker from Jacksonville working temporarily in Wewahitchka.



He had just left a Dollar Store and was walking along the right-hand side of State 71 when he was struck. He died instantly.



Husband was arrested in March after blood alcohol tests taken at the time of the accident showed that Husband had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit.



A plea agreement was reached with the State Attorney after several factors came to light, in particular evidentiary issues related to handling of the blood taken from Husband.



But Husband accepted responsibility for the accident, as evidenced during last week’s sentencing in front of tearful family members.