Habitual offender sentenced in Cobb County


A Cobb County judge has sentenced a habitual offender to the maximum sentence for causing a serious injury car accident while high on drugs.

Christopher Wade Payne, 33, was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison without parole plus 35 years of probation.

Payne has admitted being high when he hit a van driven by Annie McKelly of Marietta in October 2007. At the time of the accident, Payne was being chased by Cobb County police for refusing to pull over.

Payne was on parole and probation and had a suspended license at the time. He has seven prior felony and 12 misdemeanor convictions in Cobb, Bartow and Paulding counties.

McKelly and two of her three children who were in the van sustained injuries when Payne hit them at about 80 mph.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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