A North Charleston man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drunk driving which led to the death of another driver last year.
Jeffrey Michael Reynolds II, 34, pleaded guilty to felony DUI involving a death in Charleston County court Wednesday morning. Along with the prison sentence, Reynolds was ordered to pay a fine of $10,100.
Reynolds was driving west on Interstate 526 at I-26 on March 24, 2011 about 1 a.m. when he hit a vehicle from behind, authorities said. The driver of the car that was struck, Terrance Gadsden, 44, of Charleston, was rushed to the hospital but died 11 days later, prosecutors said.
In a blood test taken about three hours after the car crash, Reynolds’ blood alcohol content was .232, significantly higher than what’s allowed by law, according to prosecutors.
About 12 members of Gadsden’s family attended the plea hearing. Six of them spoke about their loss and its effect on their family. Many of them asked the judge to order the maximum sentence of 25 years.
Many supporters also packed