A Clinton woman is set to spend 16 years behind bars after pleading guilty to felony DUI charges stemming from a 2018 wreck that left two people dead and two others injured, according to a news release from the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Khelsy Chanta Rice, 40, of Clinton pleaded guilty Thursday at the Greenwood County Courthouse to two counts of felony DUI resulting in death and two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury. Circuit Judge Thomas L. Hughston sentenced her to 16 years in prison on the charges resulting in death and 10 years on the charges resulting in great bodily injury, with the sentences to run concurrently, the release said.
The maximum sentence for felony DUI resulting in death in the state is 25 years.
Just before midnight May 19, 2018, Rice was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus on U.S. Highway 76 near Grain Bin Road when she crossed the centerline and hit a 2007 Ford Mustang head-on, the release said. Two passengers in the Mustang, 65-year-old Marge Seymore and 63-year-old Lois King, both died as a result, and two other passengers were flown to are hospitals for treatment.
Rice’s blood toxicology showed high amounts of methamphetamine and trace amounts of alcohol at the time of the crash, the release said.
Eighth Circuit Special Prosecutor Knox McMahon and Assistant Solicitor Julie Kate Keeney handled the state’s case, while Rice was represented by Tristan Shaffer of the 8th Circuit Public Defender’s Office.