The meaning of Father’s Day changed dramatically for one woman Thursday, after she altered it for another woman two years ago.
Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn sentenced Katrina Cornwell, 36, to serve intermittent jail sentences in one-week increments over Father’s Day weekends and Christmas holidays for the next 10 years, according to a release from the district attorney general’s office. Cornwell pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide by intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.
The charges stemmed from an October 2009 incident in which Cornwell, driving drunk, hit and killed tow truck driver Eddy McCreery while he was on the shoulder of Interstate 40 near Spence Lane loading his daughter’s stalled car onto his truck.
Cornwell drove on, but police found her later that night asleep in her car in an Opry Mills Mall parking lot.
Fishburn also ordered Cornwell to speak to school students about the dangers of drinking and driving, on the dates of McCreery’s birth and the date of his death. Cornwell is to lose her license for at least three years, and continue treatment and speaking engagements.