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'You Sir Are the Scum of the Earth' Stepfather Says in Court to Killer

A Doraville police detective was killed two years ago by a drunk driver. The officer's stepfather had harsh words for the convicted man in court last week.

Doraville Detective Robert “Shane” Wilson Credit: Screenshote from WGCL TV
Doraville Detective Robert “Shane” Wilson Credit: Screenshote from WGCL TV

The man convicted of driving drunk in a crash that killed a Doraville police detective said in court that he understands why the victim’s family hates him.

Gene Jones, 41, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison for driving drunk and crashing into a car driven Doraville Detective Robert “Shane” Wilson, reports WGCL TV.

On Nov. 14, 2011, Jones was traveling on Interstate 20 around 2 a.m. Wilson had just left his home, on his way to a home invasion call. Jones admitted to driving drunk, but he said he doesn't remember what happened. Police said Jones made an illegal U-turn on the interstate and hit Wilson head-on.

"Mr. Jones I waited a long time to speak to you to tell you of the loss that we can never heal from," said Jim Hanson, Wilson’s stepfather. "You sir are the scum of the Earth and a menace to society."

Prosecutors said the accident that killed Wilson was Jones' third DUI.

"So many times I wish it was my life instead of Mr. Wilson's," Jones said at his sentencing. "To the Wilson family, I'm truly sorry and I'm not mad at them for hating me."

Donna April 07, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Road Scholar (you're not), it wasn't the officer with 3 DUIs. He was killed.
Road Scholar April 07, 2014 at 03:52 PM
OOPS! That's what I get for typing/reading before coffee!
electric123 April 07, 2014 at 10:54 PM
@ Andrea, 3 strike law is only related to 3 felonies in a row, some states only allow of same crime like burglary, larceny, etc., his guy priors consist of 2 misdemeanors.
E Steele April 14, 2014 at 01:46 PM
We would need to change our culture on Alcohol in order for this to stop totally...we will see it again...
Space Ship April 14, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Road Scholar, please step away from the PC, and leave the comments to the more vitriolic and qualified.

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