Ferguson sentenced to 13 years for fatal DUI
By By Dwayne Bremer Staff Writer
Aug 5, 2014, 17:40
A Hancock County man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in a 2011 DUI-related crash that took the life of David Osborne of Gulfport.
Jay Ferguson, 34, pled guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court Monday to one count of DUI causing death.
Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson accepted the plea and sentenced Ferduson to 25 years in prison, but she suspended 12 years, leaving 13 years to serve.
Ferguson said Monday that he was at a crawfish boil on the evening of May 7, 2011, but he left the party after getting into an argument.
A short time later, his Chevy pickup collied head-on with Osborne's 2010 GMC pickup on Standard Dedeaux Road.
Osborne, 52, was later pronounced dead and Ferguson was transported to the hospital.
A blood test was performed, which showed Ferguson's blood alcohol content was .21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.
Ferguson said Monday that he has not drank since and he apologized for his actions.
"I am truly sorry, I knew better," he said.
Upon his release from prison, Ferguson will be required to complete five years of probation.