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UPDATED - Groom sentenced for fatal wedding crash


“I know I’ve done wrong. I’m truly sorry to the family. I take full responsibility for my actions, but I need help. I am asking for another chance,” says Ryan Quintonquintonpoolecourt


Ryan Quinton with attorney Scott Poole in Cherokee Court Tuesday.

   The groom who was charged in a wreck that killed his wife on their wedding day has been sentenced in Cherokee County Superior Court. 

   On Tuesday, March 3, Ryan Quinton, 29, Jasper, entered a guilty plea to one count of Vehicular Homicide based on Reckless Driving and to a separate DUI charge brought against him in Pickens County for a separate incident five months after the fatal wreck.   

Groom sentenced for fatal wedding day crash

Groom pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

And other charges for wedding day crash

quinton in court

Ryan Quinton confers with Attorney Scott Poole in Cherokee County court today.           

   The groom who was charged with a wreck that killed his bride on the night of their wedding pled guilty to vehicular homicide with reckless driving in Cherokee court Tuesday. The wreck occurred in Ball Ground and captured national media attention in December 2013.

   Being handled at the same time Ryan Quinton also pled guilty to a DUI that occurred five months after the wreck in Pickens County.

   Quinton’s sentence was convoluted but will include 15 years probation, with first 90-120 days in the state probation detention center, numerous conditions including no driving for five years and successfully completing Cherokee County DUI court program and 2,000 hours of community service work.

   For the later DUI, Quinton was sentenced to 36 months in the Cherokee County jail concurrent to vehicular homicide, credit for time served, the final 12 months suspended upon successful completion of DUI court program.

   He has already served nine months since his bond was revoked following the later DUI arrest. One of his attorneys, Ross Grisham, acknowledged that it was a convoluted sentence and said basically he will be home in another 6 to 7 months.

   Quinton of Jasper was charged for a fatal wreck that killed his bride on the night of their wedding in December of 2013.

   Quinton faced DUI and first-degree vehicular homicide charges among other traffic infractions for a December 29th single car crash on Highway 5, which claimed the life of Kali Shay Quinton as they were leaving their wedding reception.

   At the hearing Tuesday, Scott Poole told the court that the family of Kali in their impact statements indicated they wanted Quinton to be sent home, rather than serving additional jail time.



Kaila’s Birthday Wish Fundraiser Saturday


Kaila is hoping people will turn this Saturday so she can reach a goal of raising $10,000 for St Jude’s Hospital.

Submitted by Brandi Strawn 

This Saturday is Kaila's fundraiser. Kaila is the Pickens girl turning 13 who wanted to donate money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for her birthday. [See original story]

Everyone is invited to the event on February 28th at the Pickens Rec Dept. from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. There will be a drive thru set up for those who want to donate but not leave the comforts of their warm cars.

Kaila’s mother, Brandi reported this week she is currently at $3,400. 

“We have a ways to go to meet her goal of $10,000,” the mother wrote. “We will have hot dogs, chips and drink donated by Williamson's BBQ. I am looking for deserts and finger foods if any of our local home chefs or bakers would like to donate.” There will be a $10 or higher donation fee to enter this event. There will be raffles for various gift certificates along with other fun items. These tickets will be sold at the event and raffles will take place at the event.

Single mother killed in head-on collision


Described as an outstanding person with a big heart, Kristen Adams died in a car wreck February 28th, a fund has been established for her two children.

Kristen Elaine Adams, 28, of Jasper was killed instantly Saturday morning when she ran head-on into a tractor-trailer on Hwy. 575.

The wreck occurred just north of Airport Road in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 28th. Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Tim Nichols said authorities didn’t know where Adams

Execution date set for Georgia inmate


Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Brian Keith Terrell, who is currently scheduled to be executed on March 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of seventy-year-old John Watson at his Covington home.

Scheduled Execution


On Feb. 27, 2015, the Superior Court of Walton County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Brian Keith Terrell may occur to begin at noon, March 10, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on March 17, 2015. Terrell has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.

Terrell’s Crime (June 22, 1992)

The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:

The evidence at Terrell’s last trial suggested the following facts. Terrell’s mother was a close friend of the victim, John Watson, and Watson had also been friendly with Terrell.