Man to serve 20 years in 2020 DUI that killed woman in Madison
A Dallas man received two 20-year sentences to be served concurrently after he pleaded guilty to charges related to the June 2020 DUI death of a Jackson woman earlier this week.
Harrison Neal Little, 29, of Dallas pleaded guilty in front of Judge Dewey Arthur on Tuesday to one count of driving under the influence resulting in death and one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
Arthur sentenced Little to 20 years for each count, with those sentences running concurrently, Little will serve 20 years, Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Bubba Bramlett Jr. announced Tuesday, April 20, in a press release about the plea and sentencing.
“This man made an awful and reckless decision to drive drunk,” Bramlett said. “That decision took the life of an innocent woman trying to go to work and forever changed the lives of Ms. Simmons’s entire family. We are thankful for the Madison Police Department for their investigation. We continue to pray for Ms. Simmons’ family.”
The charges stem from an incident reported on June 10, 2020, at 4:43 a.m. At the time, officers with the Madison Police Department responded to a crash at the intersection of U.S. 51 and Hoy Road in the city of Madison. Betty Simmons was on her way to work at the Kroger on U.S. 51 in Madison when Little rear-ended her.
MPD determined that Little was both speeding and over the legal limit for alcohol at the time of the accident. Simmons passed away from her injuries sustained in the wreck later at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Little was being held on a $500,000 bond.
At the sentencing hearing, Simmons’ family spoke of what a kind and caring mother and grandmother she was, according to Bramlett. Little apologized to the family and took complete responsibility for his actions in court.