22-year-old gets 15 years for DUI manslaughter

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:34:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 05:37:20 PM EST

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Klay Williams


A 22-year-old Jacksonville man was sentenced Friday to the maximum 15 years in prison for DUI manslaughter in a crash that killed another man riding his truck.

In November 2010, Klay Williams, then 20 years old, was driving his truck on Solomon Road with Mitchell Green (pictured, below) as a passenger. Williams lost control of the truck and crashed into a wooden fence.

A board from the fence plowed through the truck's windshield, striking Green in the head. Green later died from the injuries he suffered in the crash.

Williams' blood alcohol registered at .17 -- more than double the legal limit.

"Mitchell Green's life was taken entirely too early because of a very bad decision by this defendant," Assistant State Attorney Lee Smith said after the conviction. "Alcohol turned what was supposed to be a good night among friends into a horrible tragedy for everyone involved."


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