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An Alabama Man Racked Up 11 DUI Arrests. Now, He’s Serving 131 Years for Killing a Motorcyclist While Driving Drunk.

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Jul. 5 2023, Published 4:08 p.m. ET

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An Alabama man was sentenced to 131 years in prison in connection with a 2018 DUI crash that killed a motorcyclist.

The crash occurred on Dec. 18, 2018, in Cullman County. Authorities said 59-year-old Brett Amerson was three times the legal limit while he was driving a white box truck that hit 39-year-old Bradley Ray Patterson, who was driving a motorcycle and had the right of way.

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Amerson fled the scene, but deputies from Cullman County Sheriff’s Office found him a short time later.

Amerson had 11 prior DUI arrests when Patterson was killed in this crash, officials said.

Cullman County District Attorney Champ Crocker announced that Circuit Judge Martha Williams sentenced Amerson after his April conviction on reckless murder, DUI and other charges.

Crocker asked the judge for the maximum sentence because of Amerson’s “egregious crime and lengthy criminal history.”

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Members of the Patterson family were present at the sentencing hearing and delivered victim impact statements, reported.

Crocker said the family contacted his office shortly after he took office in January and asked them to review this case.

“I am so proud we achieved justice for the family of Bradley Patterson,’’ Crocker said after Amerson’s April conviction. “I felt an obligation to see this 2018 case be one of the first cases tried after taking office so that justice could be served,” reported.


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