Tribune-Courier General Manager
Tiffany Pittman, convicted of manslaughter in an August 2011 traffic crash, is scheduled to be back in Marshall County Circuit Court on Friday asking to be released on shock probation.
In December Pittman was found guilty of manslaughter, wanton endangerment and DUI for the death of 46-year-old Jimmy Harper. Harper was killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 68 near Sharpe. Pittman received a 15 year sentence for her role in Harper’s death.
In a letter to Circuit Judge Dennis Foust, Pittman wrote, “I understand how serious my crime is, and I take full responsibility, today I understand the pain that I have caused all the victims in this situation. It was a senseless tragedy and if I could take it back I would, but that’s impossible.”
Pittman further wrote that she has dedicated her time in jail to “better herself and her situation.” She told Foust she has received a GED, completed parenting classes and attended Alcoholic Anonymous.
But Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship says the seriousness of Pittman’s crime should prevent her from gaining shock probation.
“I think she should serve her sentence until a parole board thinks she is sufficiently rehabilitated,” said Blankenship. “She is very young. Hopefully her jail time will help her grow up and see the consequences of her actions.”
Foust has also said he is holding Pittman in contempt of court for leaving the Marshall County Detention Center earlier this year under the pretense of attending counseling sessions, while actually visiting her boyfriend.
While out on one of those furloughs, Pittman became pregnant and has a baby due Aug. 20. She was transferred to a women’s correctional center in PeeWee Valley earlier this year when it was learned she was pregnant.
In a previous interview with The Tribune-Courier Foust said Pittman showed “horrific judgement” when she used the pretense of a therapy session for a sexual liaison with her boyfriend.
Foust will consider the shock probation motion as well as the contempt of court order.
Blankenship said he hopes to see Pittman held in contempt for her actions while on a court approved-release and sentenced to a term to run consecutive with the 15 years she received for her role in Harper’s death.
“Her pregnancy certainly complicates things for her, but she shouldn’t get any credit for that,” said Blankenship.
If Pittman’s request for shock probation is denied she will be eligible for parole after serving twenty percent of her 15-year sentence.