Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
Barbara Ann Mayfield is to blame for a crash last year that killed a 69-year-old man and his four-year-old grandson.
James Barrett and his grandson Brant were killed in July of 2011.
LEBANON, Tenn. -
A Lebanon woman convicted of killing two people while driving drunk last year was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison.
Barbara Mayfield faced numerous counts stemming from the July 29, 2011 accident that claimed the lives of four-year old Alton "Brant" Barrett and his grandfather, 69-year-old James Barrett.
She will be eligible for parole after serving 30% of the sentence.
The wreck left a third person, Ronnie Boyd, paralyzed.
Lebanon police said Mayfield had a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.
Officers also said she was traveling at least 60 miles-per-hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone.
In testimony prior to the sentencing Tuesday, Mayfield, 45, did not deny drinking before the crash but said she also suffered a seizure that day after not taking her medication and doesn't remember what happened.
"I did not know that I got into an ambulance. I did not know this. I did not know that. I did not know any of it," Mayfield tearfully told the courtroom.
"I was on my way to the post office, and then next thing I know, I don't remember nothing," she continued while being questioned by her defense attorney.
Mayfield took responsibility for the crash and apologized to the victims' family.
She said, "There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about the family. Everyday, you just don't know. Everyday I think about the family, it just does not go away."
"I did not mean to hurt nobody," she added. "I did not mean to make anyone suffer. I am so sorry for their pain, and if I could bring them back, I would. I would gladly take their place. I wish I could take away their pain, but I can't."
Prior to her arrest, Mayfield had been arrested a dozen times on drinking charges. The arrest was her third DUI.
The grieving Barrett family struggled with the Mayfield's testimony.
"There can never be any words to describe the pain and emptiness we will always feel because of the actions and irresponsible actions of one human being," Shane Barrett told the court before Mayfield was sentenced.
The accident killed his father and nephew.
"This unimaginable tragedy has scarred us deeply," he said tearfully
After the sentencing, his sister Selesa said, "I can finally breathe now because she got what she deserved."
"I did not feel no remorse from her," she added sadly. "You know she had plenty of chances."