GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Leakesville man will serve 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of DUI causing death.
Ravielle Rachaed Bolton, 30, killed three people in June 2012 when his Honda Accord rear ended an SUV carrying four people. The accident happened on Highway 63 about a mile and a half north of the Highway 98 intersection.
The driver of the SUV, Simon Patterson of State Line, MS lost control and flipped over. Patterson and two passengers, Jermaine Rogers and Andre Rogers, all died. The fourth person in the vehicle, 16-year-old Deandre Rogers, was the only survivor.
Bolton's blood alcohol content was over the .08 percent legal limit at the time of the incident.
"A young man had to suffer the loss of his father and two uncles as a result of this defendant's decision to drink alcohol and drive," District Attorney Tony Lawrence said. "These deaths could have been prevented if he had thought about the consequences of drinking and driving."
Bolton will serve a total of 25 years in prison, which is the maximum penalty for the crime of DUI Causing Death.
"While nothing will cure the pain this family has endured, they showed great compassion today during the plea hearing and are satisfied that justice was served. It is my hope that the work of the recently formed DUI Task Force will raise awareness and prevent tragedies like this from occurring in the future," Lawrence said.