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Jackson County man set for sentencing in DUI death case


JACKSON COUNTY -- A Jackson County man is scheduled for sentencing Friday on a charge of felony leaving the scene of an accident in which an Escatawpa resident died.

James Curtis Boyd, 36, pleaded guilty in May to felony DUI causing the death of Melissa Miller, 41.

Boyd was impaired and driving in a negligent manner when his pickup truck hit and killed Miller on Mississippi 613 in the Hurley community.

State law says anyone who has a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent or above is legally impaired.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol was first to arrive at the accident, but the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation followed up on the investigation because it has a reconstruction team.

Authorities said it appeared Miller had been pushed out of Boyd's pickup shortly before she was hit.The crime carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

The District Attorney's Office has recommended a sentence of 25 years, with 14 years to serve.