Wearing pins honoring her memory, the family of Carol Jean Conrad spoke about the “revered, admired and cherished” woman who was lost in a fatal Feb. 5, 2017, wreck in South Hall County.
Across the courtroom, David Lee Treadwell, his supporters and attorney Brian Steel told Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller of the remorse Treadwell felt since that night.
Following an hour of tearful testimony, Fuller gave Treadwell a 15-year sentence, with seven of those years in incarceration. The rest may be served on probation, according to court documents.
Conrad, 72, was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Herbert Kegley, who was traveling west on Ga. 347 at the time.
Treadwell was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck east on Ga. 347 when he turned left to go north on McEver Road.
As he made the turn, he pulled in front of Kegley’s 2004 Chevrolet Impala, causing a collision, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
In an April 2017 indictment, Treadwell was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and failure to yield when turning left.
Under the plea deal, the suspended license charge was not prosecuted.
Treadwell was sentenced under the First Offender Act. If he fulfills the terms of his sentence, he will be “completely exonerated of guilt” on the charge.
Steel did not return a request for comment Friday from The Times.