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Teen Under Influence of Marijuana Charged With Vehicular Homidice in Macon

Posted on Sep 27, 2007

Brittany Guthrie was indicted by a Bibb County grand jury Sept. 24 and charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Barnesville resident James Alvin Williams last December outside Macon.

The Bibb County District Attorney’s office reported the 19-year-old also was indicted on charges of serious injury to Williams’s wife, Blanche, who suffered a broken pelvis, shoulder and ribs in the fatal accident. Authorities said Guthrie was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the fatal crash.

The 79-year-old Williams and his wife were traveling in their van when struck by Guthrie’s Toyota Corolla, according to The Macon Telegraph Newspaper. Williams' family owns funeral homes in Barnesville, Milledgeville and Gordon. Police said the wreck sent both vehicles into another lane of traffic where they collided with another van driven by 57-year-old Henry Stubbs.

Marijuana or Cannabis, is classified as a hallucinogen since tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is its biologically active chemical compound.

Marijuana Possession Can Be a Felony in Georgia

According to the Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers’ website, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor. But possession of less than an ounce can bring a felony conviction if the possessor intended to distribute the drug.

Possession of more than an ounce with intent to sell, grow, or intend to distribute any quantity of marijuana can bring up to a 10-year prison sentence in the state. Misdemeanor marijuana convictions can result in a driver’s license suspension for six months.


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