Crime

Woman’s probation in DUI death case revoked over theft charge

Alicia Carmack
Alicia Carmack

A judge has revoked probation again for a woman who was driving impaired and left the scene of a fatal crash in Harrison County nine years ago.

Alicia Carmack, 30, is held for sentencing on Feb. 13, 2017.

Carmack had served prison time for her actions before and after a four-vehicle crash that killed James Harms, a 56-year-old retired serviceman, on April 22, 2007. The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 10 in Harrison County.

Carmack was still on probation when she was arrested on a grand larceny charge March 29 in George County. Carmack has since been indicted. She and two men are accused of stealing a lawn mower from a county barn.

Her arrest and indictment are the basis of her probation violation.

Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson deferred sentencing Thursday to see what happens in the grand larceny case, said Crosby Parker, an assistant district attorney for the Circuit Court district of Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties.

The DUI death case was prosecuted in Harrison County. Carmack was brought before Dodson in Hancock County Circuit Court, where Dodson was hearing cases Thursday.

Carmack is held at the Harrison County jail.

She was 23 and pregnant when she pleaded guilty in 2009 to her role in Harms’ death. She told Dodson she had consumed several drinks at a Biloxi casino before the crash, according to court testimony.

She also admitted that, while out of jail on bond, she had gone out partying and drinking alcohol and had posted questionable pictures on her MySpace page.

Harms was a retired Navy chief petty officer who was traveling with his dog from Jacksonville, Fla., to Hammond, La., to live with his daughter.

Dodson sentenced Carmack to 10 years in prison. Carmack served about half that time, allowable under state law for her crime. The original prison sentence was 20 years for DUI causing death, with 15 years suspended, and five years for leaving the scene, with a total of 10 to serve.

Carmack delivered her baby while in prison.

She was released to probation Dec. 10, 2012.

Dodson revoked her probation on Dec. 10, 2013.

Carl Harms, James Harms’ son, had sent authorities pictures Carmack had posted to social media. The pictures showed her partying at a Gulfport nightclub and partying on a trip to Baton Rouge, in violation of her probation. There also were pictures of her holding an alcoholic beverage and wearing a “drink” wrist band at a club.

How long Carmack served in her return to prison wasn’t immediately available.

She was arrested on probation warrants in March 2015. The warrants were dismissed.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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