Manslaughter Defendant Sentenced

The local man accused of killing a young Lynn Haven woman two years ago in a traffic crash will not spend any time behind bars.

Forty-four-year-old John Stephen Carter pled no contest Wednesday to vehicular homicide in the death of 24-year-old Mary Suzanne Adams.

Adams died in a head-on collision on Highway 389 near Mowat Highlands around 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 28, 2004.

Police say Carter's pick-up truck crossed the center line and hit Adams' SUV.

Besides the homicide charge, Carter was also charged with driving with a suspended license, which resulted in death and possession of controlled substance.

After pleading no-contest to all three counts, Circuit Judge Dedee Costello sentenced carter to two years of community control and 13 years of probation.

The sentence could be cut short after just five years if Carter does not violate the conditions, which include not driving a car. If he does violate, Costello promised to send Carter to prison for 25 years.


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