Crime

She was high on meth in crash that killed three, but now she’s paying for it

Kimberly Dailey is brought to George County Justice Court in Lucedale in 2015.
Kimberly Dailey is brought to George County Justice Court in Lucedale in 2015. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com File

A George County woman who was high on meth when she was in a crash that killed three people has pleaded guilty to three counts of felony DUI causing death.

Kimberlie Dailey, 30, entered the plea Thursday.

Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Dailey to 25 years in prison on one count of felony DUI causing death. On the second count, she was sentenced to 25 years, 15 to serve concurrently with the third count, for which she was sentenced to 15 years and the rest to be served on post-release supervision.

That means Dailey will serve a total of 40 years in prison on all of the charges with 10 years of post-release time. The judge also fined her $15,000 and ordered to pay $250 to the Victims Compensation Fund.

Dailey was high on meth May 13, 2015, when the pickup truck she was driving veered out of her lane and hit a car head-on.

James Richard “J.P.” Powell Jr., 42, and friend April Eugene Livingston, 36, died in the crash on Marshall Road near Barton-Agricola Road. Powell’s mother, Donna Faye Powell, 69, died at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula after the crash.

J.P. Powell was a musician and artist who was working as an appliance repairman at Lucedale Appliance. He was member of Lucedale Church of Christ.

Livingston, a mother two, was a homemaker and Lucedale resident.

Donna Powell had been a longtime seamstress at the Garment Factory and a member of Lucedale Church of Christ.

Dailey was treated for minor injuries at George County Regional Medical Center and released. She has remained jailed in George County on a $1 million bond since her 2015 arrest.

The George County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

Daily had been convicted in 2011 of conspiracy to commit a crime. She was sentenced to five years on that charge but was paroled in October 2012. She has also been arrested on a probation violation and a charge of conspiracy to manufacture meth.

Dailey had faced a maximum sentence of 75 years if a jury had convicted her of the charges. Dailey agreed to enter a guilty before the trial was set to begin.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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