After killing a teenager in a drunk driving crash, 50-year-old Gordon Lee Kinsey is heading to prison for seven years, according to Chattooga County Superior Court records.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Don Thompson ordered Kinsey to serve 15 years on probation and pay $2,850 in restitution to Nora Croy, Menlo.
Kinsey pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide and DUI. He killed 18-year-old Jordan Sipes during a single vehicle crash on Spring Creek Road near Trion in June 2014.
"The suspect was operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The suspect was traveling on wet roads, rounding a curve, leaving the roadway and overturning. A passenger was ejected and killed as a result. No seatbelts were in the vehicle. Multiple open containers of alcohol were in and around the crashed vehicle [a green 1976 Dodge pickup]," Georgia State Patrolman James Cochran reported.
Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Kevin Baugh said he had planned to introduce Kinsey's prior criminal record into evidence.
Those records shows Kinsey has nine prior DUIs. Those crimes go back to 1986 when Kinsey is accused of getting his first DUI.
Summerville Attorney Rex Abernathy is Kinsey's attorney.