Kramm Sentenced To 25 Years In Felony DUI Case

It didn't take long for a jury to find Michael Kramm guilty in the drunk driving death of a William Carey College student.

After about 45 minutes of deliberation, the jury convicted the 28 year old man on charges of felony drunk driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The accident killed 20 year old Tracy Staunton, a freshman soccer player from Ireland. She died after Kramm slammed into the car she was riding in, while it was stopped at a red light on Highway 90 in December 2002.

Thursday's testimony centered blood alcohol levels and when those tests were done.

Maury Phillips, a forensic toxicologist with the state crime lab, told the jury Kramm would have had to drink a minimum of ten beers to reach a blood alcohol level of .20. That's more than twice the legal limit of .08.

After sentencing, Michael Kramm made a statement to the court, saying, "I know what I did was wrong. I never meant to take your daughter from you. I have a daughter of my own and I know if it happened to me I would want that person dead."

"I deserve to be punished, but I ask the family to know I've thought about this everyday and I've hated myself. I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me someday."