TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The man who struck and killed a child with his vehicle in 2018 will spend two years in prison.
Hunter Newman, 24, of Marietta, entered a guilty plea Friday morning to culpable negligence manslaughter for the Oct. 31, 2018, death of Dalen Thomas, 9.
Dalen Thomas, 9, attended Baldwyn Elementary School.
Newman struck Thomas as the young boy was crossing Highway 370 to board a stopped school bus in the Pratts community of Lee County.
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Thomas attended Baldwyn Elementary School.
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Newman received a 20-year sentence, but he’ll only have to serve two years pending good behavior and he must complete five years of post-release supervision.
According to the district attorney's office, Thomas’ parents approved of the sentence and were both in attendance at the plea hearing.
Thomas' mother, Miranda Kennedy Thomas, released the following statement:
"After a lot of praying, talking, and thinking. It was something we agreed on. Our son never held a grudge. So we took a lesson from him, we don’t hate him- just hate what happened. We pray for his family and him just like they have been praying for us. There is absolutely NO hate between these two families. Being Dalen’s mom this was a hard day for both sides. At the end of the day we all hugged each other.”
Note: Miranda Thomas' statement added.