Woman Convicted on Two Counts of DUI Manslaughter

A Bonifay jury has determined the fate of a Holmes County woman accused of killing her two young sons.

After two hours of deliberation, jurors found 34-year-old Sherry Jean Overstreet guilty of two counts of DUI manslaughter.

Overstreet was drunk on May 9, 2004 when she slammed her vehicle into a utility pole off Holmes County Highway 179 about a mile north of Westville. Her young sons, Blaine and Tyler, were killed in the crash.

Witnesses testified the boys had been at a birthday party while Miss Overstreet went to a bar. But Overstreet's friends left her at the bar, so she was late and angry when she picked up the boys.

Kerry Adkison is her defense attorney and says, “You don't decide any case because of sympathy, because you’re angry with somebody, because you just don't think they acted appropriately under a certain situation. That just isn't our system of government. It just is not."

Nancy O'Connor, Assistant State Attorney, painted a different picture.

"But remember also that it is midnight and she has just taken her children up from their bed, put them in the car without a seat belt. She didn't put a seat belt on. She's swearing and yelling at octaves, gets in the car and his testimony was she took off out of that drive way with the dust flying, the wheels squealing."

Besides the two DUI manslaughter charges, the jury also found Overstreet guilty of one count of DUI with property damage.

She faces up to 30 years in prison. She will be sentenced February 20 in Bonifay by Circuit Judge Allen Register.


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