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Martin woman accepts plea deal for vehicular homicide

Story by Press Reporter Shannon Taylor

Martin resident Amanda Crowe accepted a plea deal Aug. 12 in Carroll County Circuit Court regarding offenses she committed two years ago.

On June 23, 2020, Crowe was charged with reckless vehicular homicide, which is a class C felony carrying a range of punishment of three to six years and a fine of up to $10,000; intoxicated vehicular homicide, a class B felony which carries a punishment of eight to 12 years and a fine of up to $25,000; vehicular assault,  which is a class D felony which carries a punishment of two to four years and a fine of up to $5,000; driving under the influence 1st offense (two counts), which are class A misdemeanors that carry a maximum sentence of 11 months, 29 days in county jail and a maximum fine of $2,500 with a mandatory one year loss of driver’s license; possession of inhalants with an intent to use, which is a class A misdemeanor and carries a maximum sentence of 11 months, 29 days in a county jail and a maximum fine of $2,500; and failure to exercise due care, which is a class C misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $50 fine.

A capias/bench warrant was issued on April 21, 2021, and Crowe was released on a $25,000 surety bond on April 22, 2021.

When the incident happened, Crowe was driving on Highway 79 in Carroll County and crossed over into the center lane, where she struck an oncoming vehicle, resulting in the death of Corey Douglas as well as seriously injuring his daughter, a minor child.

The crash report, obtained via an open records request, stated Crowe was also distracted by a cellular device that was in use in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Crowe is represented by Martin attorney Kirk Moore and a plea deal was entered with the court where Crowe pled guilty to reckless vehicular homicide and one count of driving under the influence (1st offense).

For the charge of reckless vehicular homicide, with a sentence of eight years, she is to serve one year in either jail or in a long-term rehab facility.

For the charge of driving under the influence 1st Offense, Crowe will have to serve 48 hours in jail at 100% for the DUI offense (which is the state minimum sentence).  She also is losing her Tennessee driver’s license for three calendar years from August 12, 2022, to August 12, 2025 and will be on probation with Tennessee Department of Correction for the balance of her sentence when not in jail.  She will serve additional jail time during the time her license is suspended each year for an additional 48 hours, served at 75% of the 48 hours each time, with her to report on or about June 23 of each year. According to an attorney The Press spoke with, this is unusual since typically, a DUI sentence is served after the initial jail time is completed.

With the rehab clause, Crowe will either have to be in rehab or in jail for the one year she must serve, and if she leaves rehab prior to completing a one-year program, she will not receive any credit for the time served toward her sentence. If she leaves rehab early, the state reserves the right to treat her as an escapee or issue a violation of probation, which if found guilty, would likely result in more jail time.

In addition, she has been ordered to take random drug/alcohol screens at the request of her probation officer.  Any failure of those could also result in a violation of probation.

Beyond this, Crowe must also pay $40,166.84 to the trust of the minor child that is held by Carroll Bank and Trust Company for the child’s benefit. This must be paid within 90 days of Aug. 12 of this year.

Crowe, as part of her plea, will be allowed to remain free on bond until Sept. 26 and will either report to jail or rehab on or before that date.

All other counts she was charged with were nolle on state’s motion, which means the state is not prosecuting them and is the functional equivalent of a dismissal.  Her two counts she pleaded guilty to are being served concurrently (at the same time).

Under a Hicks Plea, the defendant is agreeing to a greater sentence than would ordinarily be accepted under standard sentencing guidelines for the offense to which they are pleading guilty to in court.  Here, it appears that Crowe is accepting an eight-year sentence when she pleaded guilty to only a Class C Felony. It is important to note that this is measured under the total available sentencing range for a Class C Felony (including career offenders) which is 3-15 years.

Therefore, the eight-year sentence is considered effective under this plea, even though she will likely serve little or no time in jail for a vehicular homicide, according to the attorney with whom The Press spoke.

Crowe did not plead guilty to intoxicated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, one count of driving under the influence (1st offense), due care and inhale, possession of intoxicants for unlawful purposes. These charges were all dismissed as a part of the plea deal.

5 Comments

  1. Linda on September 9, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    This is just disgusting and unjust. I absolutely can’t believe this plea agreement was even offered. Just imagine if this was your family members. One death and one severe injury on a miner. A child that lost her father for the rest of her life and this is her punishment.. Unbelievable..

  2. Michelle on September 10, 2022 at 11:48 am

    I find this to be absolutely disgusting. She took an innocent man’s life and left his young daughter without a daddy. His girlfriend and family are devastated and heart broken forever. I have never heard of such a plea deal. I personally believe the higher courts or attorney general should get involved with this and dig deeply into it. This young man deserves better justice.

  3. Malekai on September 10, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Makes you kind of wonder who this drunk driving, texting while driving, huffer puffin, light headed, can’t see straight, don’t give a crap about others, it’s all about me mentality, homicidal loose canon has ties with. That plea deal is straight up ab-freaking-normal. Money talks, killers walk. W00t w00t, welcome to America baby!!

  4. Barry on September 10, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    This is ridiculous. The justice system is horribly unjust. She gets a slap on the wrist while I know someone who was sentenced and served 13 years in prison for the same crime. Corey deserves more justice from the so called “justice system”. Hopefully this case will be heard in a higher court.

  5. Lucy on September 18, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    That’s all? This man’s family should go after her with a civil suit. Who does she know to get such a light sentence?!?! She must have connections. Carroll Co. judge, you failed the memory of Corey Douglas and certainly failed his daughter.

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