Man sentenced for 2018 fatal crash

Published 2:33 pm Thursday, January 30, 2020

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A Madison County man was sentenced to five years probation for a 2018 crash which killed his girlfriend.

Brian Lawson, 27, of Berea, pleaded guilty in December to driving under the influence, second-degree manslaughter and receiving stolen property (firearm), Commonwealth’s Attorney Andy Sims said.

Lawson was sentenced Friday in Jessamine Circuit Court.

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According to Sims’ office, Lawson was sentenced to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter and four years for receiving stolen property (firearm). Those sentences will run consecutively, though the prison time was probated for five years provided he complete long-term treatment at the Shepherd’s House. He was also fined for the DUI charge.

Lawson was the driver of a vehicle on Nov. 29, 2018, which crashed on Tates Creek Road in Jessamine County. Lt. Anthony Purcell of the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office said Lawson and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Cassie Foley, were heading toward Lexington from Madison County.

Lawson lost control of the vehicle, which went off the road and struck a tree. Lawson and Foley were transported to a Lexington hospital, where Foley was pronounced dead.

Purcell said detectives found a stolen handgun inside the vehicle. Testing also indicated Lawson was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

No other vehicles were involved.

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Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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