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Man gets 50 years for DUI crash that killed pregnant Brandon woman

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A Hattiesburg man was sentenced to 50 years after pleading guilty to DUI and causing the death of a pregnant woman. A Hattiesburg man was sentenced to 50 years after pleading guilty to DUI and causing the death of a pregnant woman.
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A Hattiesburg man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to DUI and causing the death of a pregnant woman. The last 20 years of his sentence will be suspended, according to District Attorney Michael Guest.

On the night of Oct. 1, Matt Davis, 30, was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 18 in Brandon. Both Davis and the driver of the other vehicle, 26-year-old Leslie Byrd, were trapped inside their vehicles.

When officers arrived, Davis was unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle, which was engulfed in flames. Police and fire officials extracted him from the vehicle and he was transported to the hospital.

Byrd and her unborn child died at the hospital after she was extracted from her vehicle.

Three witnesses said that Davis was driving recklessly and at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The witnesses also said Davis' vehicle crossed the center line and hit Byrd's vehicle head on. Officers also found a partially consumed bottle of liquor in Davis' vehicle, according to Guest.

Lab reports confirmed that Davis was intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .16 at the time of the accident.

Guest said that Davis has a history of misdemeanor arrests associated with alcohol. He had previously been charged twice with DUI and had been charged three times with public intoxication.

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