Former 3 Doors Down band member sentenced to prison in Harrison County

Published: Mar. 16, 2015 at 10:27 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2015 at 9:53 AM CDT
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D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - It is not his music that's kept former 3 Doors Down band member Todd Harrell in the news, but rather his trouble with drugs and alcohol.

Monday, Harrell was expected to be in a D'Iberville courtroom, but he never showed. When a judge called Harrell's name, an attorney walked up to the podium. The attorney said he was a representative for Harrell's attorney and he entered a no contest plea for 2nd offense DUI on Harrell's behalf.

Judge Albert Fountain accepted the plea and ordered the musician to the maximum one year in prison. The judge suspended six months of the sentence, leaving Harrell to serve six months behind bars. Harrell must also admit himself to a drug and alcohol facility and attend a multiple offenders program.

The former 3 Doors Down bassist was arrested in D'Iberville February 18, 2014 after a police officer found him slumped over the steering wheel at the intersection of Lamey Bridge Road and Central Avenue. That was Harrell's 3rd run in with the law for driving under the influence. Harrell was previously convicted of DUI in D'Iberville after police said he ran a red light and caused an accident in 2012. He tested positive that night for Valium, Xanex, and Oxicodone.

Nine months after that accident, Harrell was arrested in Nashville for vehicular homicide by intoxication. According to police, Harrell admitted to drinking hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax the night of the fatal crash. When Harrell was taken to jail, he was also charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail after a plastic bag filled with prescription pills was found in his sock.

Harrell is currently under house arrest in Tennessee awaiting trial on those charges. WLOX News reached out to the Nashville District Attorney's Office to find out if a trial date had been set, but as of Monday night, we had not heard back.

Harrell's representative told Judge Fountain, Harrell's attorney plans to appeal the sentence. If that happens, Harrell will not have to report to prison until a ruling is made on the appeal.

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