8-year sentence for Weathers in plea deal
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BENTON — A Benton man accepted an 8-year sentence as part of a plea agreement for an alcohol-related wreck in October 2011 that injured a friend.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blank-enship said Justin E. Weathers, 21, faced charges of first degree assault related to the injury of Matt Jones, 19, of Calvert City.

Blankenship made the offer of an 8-year sentence in exchange for a plea of guilty to second degree assault. He also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

“He will have to serve 20 percent of that time before he is eligible for parole,” Blankenship said. “We figured that will be about 19 months, and that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be granted parole at that time.”

Blankenship said Jones was visiting Weathers at his home before they left around 2 p.m. They traveled less than a mile before the wreck.

Jones suffers some paralysis and is confined to a wheelchair.

“This is another sad case where someone forgot that we should never drive while impaired,” Blankenship said.

“Get a cab, stay home, don’t drink or get a ride from a friend. Any of these are better options than what Mr. Weathers did, and I think he realizes it, now.”
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