published Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Ringgold man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

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    Vance Stafford, 26, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of 59-year-old Bill Cooley Jr.
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A 26-year-old Ringgold man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide today in Catoosa County Superior Court.

Vance Stafford was sentenced to serve 15 years for the death of 59-year-old Bill Cooley Jr., who died two days after he was injured in a car accident on Battlefield Parkway.

But Stafford will be allowed to serve 12 to 28 months in Catoosa County Detention Center and the rest of his sentence on probation, officials said.

Stafford, who was driving with twice the legal alcohol limit in his blood, hit Cooley from behind on Oct. 5.

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Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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7Seventeen said...

That's a pretty good deal. Get drunk and kill somebody, spend a year in jail. Another good reason to avoid Catoosa County, Georgia.

September 9, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.
bwatkins said...

This is a very sad story for everyone one involved. Victm's family, driver and his family, and those that may have witnessed it. We should pray for all of those involved.

September 9, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
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