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Woman sentenced for causing 2009 fatal wreck

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By Callie Starnes
Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The young woman who admitted to driving drunk and killing a couple on their motorcycle now knows her fate.

26 year old Sarah Smith was sentenced to ten years behind bars for the death of Orvil and Patricia Laymon.

More than a year after their death, it is still fresh on the minds of those who loved them most.

An emotional courtroom listened as the Laymon's children relived the day their parents were killed.

"I see the wreck probably 100 times a day every day," says James Laymon.

"I cant hear them laugh any more, I cant feel them hug me anymore, and I cant tell her to kiss my daddy for me anymore," says Lechon Laymon.

In April, Smith pleaded guilty to driving drunk, crossing lanes, and hitting the couple's motorcycle. Monday, she sobbed as she asked for forgiveness.

"I am very grateful that I get the opportunity to stand here and look you in the eye and tell you personally how devastatingly sorry I am," says smith.

Smith's mother came to her defense saying a tragic accident that handicapped Sarah's brother was the beginning to a life of hardship.

"I pretty much gave up on Sarah because I was concentrated on Byron. I let her down." says Teresa Smith.

Pregnant at 18 and on drugs, Smith told the judge her life spun out of control. Within six months she was charged with three DUI's, the last killed the Laymons.

"The death of Orvil and Patricia will not go in vein, I know now what a deadly disease alcoholism is and how severely important my sobriety is today," says Smith.

"The court will sentence Miss Smith to 10 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections," says Judge Barry Steelman.

Judge Steelman sentenced Smith to 10 years behind bars. A third of the time the State and the Laymon's were hoping she would serve.

"In my opinion its not enough but no amount of time will bring my parents back," says James Laymon.

Smith will have to serve 30 percent of her 10 year sentence in jail, followed by a sentence of 15 years on intensive probation. 

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