Bay St. Louis man sentenced to 18 years in prison for 2015 DUI crash that caused woman’s death
By Geoff Belcher
Oct 10, 2017, 18:31
More than two years after a DUI accident that took the life of a young woman, the man responsible was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison.
Bay St. Louis resident Timothy James Tucker, 28, on Tuesday pled guilty to Felony DUI causing death before Judge Lawrence Bourgeois in Hancock Circuit Court.
The Hancock County Grand Jury issued an indictment in the case this past February. In August 2015, Tucker was reportedly driving a car that flipped several times and struck a house on Avenue B near Tenth Street in Shoreline Park.
Tucker's girlfriend, Jasmyne Elmers, was killed in the crash and his brother, Josh was also injured.
In October 2015, Tucker was charged with DUI causing death.
Police said Tucker was the driver of the vehicle and that his blood alcohol level was .123, well above the legal limit of .08.
At a preliminary hearing in Bay St. Louis Municipal Court, a BPD detective said Tucker initially told police that he was driving the car, but after he learned Elmers was dead, he recanted his story.
"He said he was trying to protect her by saying he was driving," then-Bay police detective Don Gray testified. "He changed his statement and then said she was driving."
Also in October 2015, Tucker was also convicted of possession of a precursor with the intent to manufacture (methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in that case.
Bourgeois on Tuesday sentenced Tucker to 25 years in prison in the DUI Causing Death case – to run consecutively with the sentence from the previous felony conviction. Bourgeois suspended seven years of the latest sentence, leaving 18 to serve. With the previous sentence, Tucker will serve a total of 33 years in prison. Bourgeois also ruled Tucker must serve five years of post-release supervision.
The judge also ruled that Tucker must pay all court costs, a $2,000 fine, plus$15,237 in restitution to Elmers' family. However, payments will not begin until after he is released from incarceration.