FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. — A man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in a fatal car crash.
Randel Lee Burnett II, 27, told police he drank three or four 25-ounce beers during the day of April 12, 2014, then planned to drive to Rossville to get more beer before midnight.
He brought Brandon Anderson, 11, and three other kids in the car with him, and none wore seat belts, according to the district attorney’s office.
Investigators learned he lost control after driving more than 100 mph, and his car flipped repeatedly through a ditch along Highway 194.
All the children were ejected from the vehicle. Brandon died at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and the other three suffered severe injuries, according to the DA’s office.
A grand jury indicted Burnett in 2015 on charges of felony murder, vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness, aggravated neglect of a child under 8, three counts of aggravated neglect of a child over 8, three counts of vehicular assault and three counts of reckless aggravated assault.
The DA’s office said they believe this is the first time anyone in West Tennessee has been indicted on felony murder charges because of driving under the influence.
At the trial, Assistant DA Matt Hooper noted Burnett has committed several misdemeanor crimes and has a history of drug abuse.
Burnett pleaded guilty June 23 to vehicular homicide by intoxication, one count of aggravated neglect of a child over 8 and three counts of vehicular assault.
Fayette County Circuit Court Judge Weber McCraw returned the sentence July 18.