The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on Friday, August 10, 2018, Circuit Judge Michael C. Overstreet sentenced Dijivis Paul to serve 10 years in the Department of Corrections, with the first 4 years as a mandatory minimum sentence, followed by 10 years probation. The Defendant had entered an open plea to the court on June 8, 2018, to the crime of Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Death.
On September 28, 2017, Trindi Coalson, age 35, was walking on the sidewalk in the 900 block of East Avenue when the Defendant struck her with his vehicle. The Defendant failed to stop and render aid and fled the scene at a high rate of speed and running stop signs, until two citizens stopped him and held him until police arrived. Ms. Coalson was pronounced dead at the hospital. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Barbara Beasley.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant Attorney Larry Basford.