41-year-old Brandon Heath Drennan is headed to prison after pleading guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide and DUI.
Appearing before Superior Court Judge Kristina Cook-Graham last Monday, Mr. Drennan admitted responsibility for the April 2017 car wreck that killed local pastor Lavonne Humphrey on Hwy. 100 near Holland-Chattoogaville Road. The Trion native also confessed that he was high on methamphetamine when the wreck occurred.
Judge Graham handed down to Drennan seven years in prison and eight years of probation. His intention to plead guilty was communicated to the court in August, and about six weeks of pre-sentencing investigation of the wreck served to determine an appropriate sentence.
Mr. Drennan, who was represented by local attorney Albert Palmour, had already racked up seven DUIs; six were in Chattooga County. When responding officers found beer cans scattered at the site of the wreck, it took a court order to get a blood test out of him. He was only charged for DUI meth, however, and not for alcohol.