>> > > >
Groom pleads guilty to vehicular homicide
And other charges for wedding day crash
Ryan Quinton confers with Attorney Scott Poole in Cherokee County court today.
The groom who was charged with a wreck that killed his bride on the night of their wedding pled guilty to vehicular homicide with reckless driving in Cherokee court Tuesday. The wreck occurred in Ball Ground and captured national media attention in December 2013.
Being handled at the same time Ryan Quinton also pled guilty to a DUI that occurred five months after the wreck in Pickens County.
Quinton’s sentence was convoluted but will include 15 years probation, with first 90-120 days in the state probation detention center, numerous conditions including no driving for five years and successfully completing Cherokee County DUI court program and 2,000 hours of community service work.
For the later DUI, Quinton was sentenced to 36 months in the Cherokee County jail concurrent to vehicular homicide, credit for time served, the final 12 months suspended upon successful completion of DUI court program.
He has already served nine months since his bond was revoked following the later DUI arrest. One of his attorneys, Ross Grisham, acknowledged that it was a convoluted sentence and said basically he will be home in another 6 to 7 months.
Quinton of Jasper was charged for a fatal wreck that killed his bride on the night of their wedding in December of 2013.
Quinton faced DUI and first-degree vehicular homicide charges among other traffic infractions for a December 29th single car crash on Highway 5, which claimed the life of Kali Shay Quinton as they were leaving their wedding reception.
At the hearing Tuesday, Scott Poole told the court that the family of Kali in their impact statements indicated they wanted Quinton to be sent home, rather than serving additional jail time.
Described as an outstanding person with a big heart, Kristen Adams died in a car wreck February 28th, a fund has been established for her two children.
Kristen Elaine Adams, 28, of Jasper was killed instantly Saturday morning when she ran head-on into a tractor-trailer on Hwy. 575.
The wreck occurred just north of Airport Road in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 28th. Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Tim Nichols said authorities didn’t know where Adams got on the interstate going in the wrong direction but she was traveling south in the northbound lane of Hwy. 575. Adams’ Toyota Corolla struck a Kenworth tractor-trailer.
According to the report, “the driver of the tractor-trailer could not avoid the Corolla and they struck head-on.”
Adams was a single mother of two. Her daughter, 11-year-old Aleya Dozier attends Pickens County Middle School and her son, Jayden, attends Harmony Elementary, according to her boss Amanda Moore, the human resources director at Image Maids in Canton, a residential cleaning company.
An account has been set up to honor Kristen Adams and the future for Aleya and Jayden. All funds will be used directly for their care. Please visit www.gofundme.com/KEAChildren There is also a memorial page Kristen E. Adams Memorial on Facebook.
Moore said Kristen had worked for her parent’s company for the past 10 years and had just recently been promoted into the office as the route and field manager doing sales and scheduling.
“She worked really hard for that promotion. She was an outstanding individual,” Moore said. “She was soft-spoken and had a big heart. She was always striving to do better. She wanted more for her future and for her kids’ future. She was just really a sweet girl.”
The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, March 5. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper.
Ms. Cathy Cox, president of Young Harris College, will be the guest speaker for the 2015 Banquet. This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR finalists. Each student and teacher was given a questionnaire and below you will find responses from each of this year’s STARs.
The STAR Student for 2015 is Andrew Haygood and he chose Mr. Michael Oubre as his STAR Teacher.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Brian Keith Terrell, who is currently scheduled to be executed on March 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of seventy-year-old John Watson at his Covington home.
On Feb. 27, 2015, the Superior Court of Walton County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Brian Keith Terrell may occur to begin at noon, March 10, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on March 17, 2015. Terrell has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.
Terrell’s Crime (June 22, 1992)
The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:
The evidence at Terrell’s last trial suggested the following facts. Terrell’s mother was a close friend of the victim, John Watson, and Watson had also been friendly with Terrell.
By Angela Reinhardt
Following a recent Progress article about the dire need for foster parents in Pickens, a handful of families have stepped forward with plans to attend upcoming orientation and training classes – but there’s still room for more.
“We’ve had five or six families call since that article,” said Pickens DFCS employee Carla Poole who works strictly with foster parents. “But it’s a long process so they haven’t been approved yet. They’ve got to attend orientation, IMPACT classes, which are once a week for eight weeks, then they need background checks and home evaluations.”
If all of those potentials are given the stamp of approval by DFCS, it will double the number of foster homes in Pickens, which currently stands at six.