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Shannon man sentenced to prison for fatal DUI crash that killed Trion man in 2018 in Floyd Co.

A Floyd County man pleaded guilty Monday in reference to a crash that killed an 83-year-old Trion man on Jan. 9, 2018. Earnest Irvin Greenleaf, 64, of Shannon, entered an open plea to first-degree vehicular homicide in front of Superior Court Judge Billy Sparks. According to Floyd Assistant District Attorney John McClellan and the Georgia State Patrol, Greenleaf was traveling south on GA-1 (Highway 27) in a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado, turning left onto GA 140. A 1992 Buick LeSabre driven by 77-year old Jean Deloris Hammonds of Summerville was traveling north on U.S. 27 in the outside lane. Greenleaf turned in front of the Buick, striking the LeSabre in the front with its front. Both vehicles came to an uncontrolled final rest facing north in the northbound lanes. Greenleaf’s blood alcohol level registered at .099 at the time. Charles Hammonds a passenger in the Buick LeSabre died a few days later. The driver Jean Hammonds was hospitalized for several months afterward. Authorities said the couple, who had been married since 1960, were driving home from a medical appointment and grocery store trip when Greenleaf struck their 1992 Buick LeSabre with his 2004 Chevrolet Colorado while intoxicated. Superior Court Judge Sparks sentenced Greenleaf to 15 years to serve 5 in prison.