McCool man gets prison time for death of Louisville woman

Richard Ford Jr. | Photo: Attala County Sheriff's Dept.

A judge sentenced Richard Ford Jr. to prison for the 2018 death of Bethany White.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 11:34 AM

KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (WTVA) - A McCool man will serve 15 years in prison for the 2018 death of a young woman in Attala County.

Richard Ford Jr. pleaded guilty Monday in the death of Bethany White, 20, of Louisville, The Star-Herald reported.

Bethany White (family picture)

Ford allegedly struck White with his truck on July 28, 2018, in the parking lot of a store.

Attala County investigators charged Ford with felony leaving the scene and one count of negligent manslaughter.

However, the district attorney’s office dropped the manslaughter charge, according to The Star-Herald.

Mike Howie, the assistant district attorney, told the court that the investigation showed Ford did not actually hit White with his truck, but he did not help her following the incident, the newspaper reported.

A video showed the two arguing outside the convenience store prior to the incident.

According to The Star-Herald report, the assistant district attorney said White died following a fall from the vehicle, not from behind hit by it.

Howie also said that Ford tried to hide his involvement.

The judge sentenced Ford to 20 years – 15 of those years will be served in the state prison system.

He will also spend another five years on supervised release, according to the report.

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