Jurors recommend 15 years in fatal crash

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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — A jury has recommended a 15-year sentence for a 20-year-old western Kentucky woman convicted of manslaughter and drunken driving in a fatal crash.

The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/Uj63dJ) reports formal sentencing for Tiffany Pittman was set for Monday in Marshall Circuit Court. She was convicted last week in the 2011 crash that killed 46-year-old Stephen J. "Jimmy" Harper.

The jury's recommendation on Tuesday came after emotional testimony from Pittman and Harper's sons.

Tevin Harper, 18, testified that his pain is indescribable since losing his father. Staring steadily at Pittman, he said he has forgiven her, but that she deserves punishment for her actions.

"Fifteen years is not worth my dad's life," Harper said as Pittman cried. "But it's something I have to live with for the rest of my life."

Dallas Harper, 26, said he was pleased that the jury recommended the maximum sentence despite Pittman's emotional testimony and tears.

"No amount of tears is going to bring my dad back," he said.

Pittman sobbed "I'm sorry" to both sons as they testified, and apologized again when she took the stand.

Before her testimony, her mother and grandmother took the stand to say that she has faced several challenges since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but that she was a caring and intelligent girl who made a mistake and was remorseful.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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