McKen­zie Crowe vi­o­lates pro­ba­tion, sen­tenced to prison

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McKen­zie Far­row Crowe, a New­ton County woman pre­vi­ously charged with the ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide death of Al­li­son Bell Camp­bell in 2012, will go back to prison af­ter a pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion was re­ported fol­low­ing an ar­rest in Milledgeville in Au­gust.

Crowe ar­rested in Milledgeville

Crowe, who was 17 at the time of the 2012 in­ci­dent and is now 22, was ar­rested in Milledgeville Aug. 27 around 12:18 a.m. on a will­ful ob­struc­tion of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers charge af­ter a Milledgeville res­i­dent called 911 to re­port an in­tox­i­cated fe­male in his front yard, ac­cord­ing to a Milledgeville Po­lice Depart­ment in­ci­dent re­port.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the ini­tial 911 caller, he “prac­ti­cally stum­bled on a girl,” when he was at­tempt­ing to leave his house. The girl, later iden­ti­fied as Crowe, was re­port­edly slumped over with her eyes closed and act­ing like she wanted to throw up to the point that the caller thought she had al­co­hol poi­son­ing.

Af­ter un­suc­cess­fully at­tempt­ing to find her help, he di­aled 911.

MPD Of­fi­cer Dei­dre Byrd later spot­ted Crowe walk­ing down the street and or­dered her to stop. Crowe then re­port­edly “shoved” the of­fi­cer and ran be­hind a nearby house.

A few mo­ments later, MPD Lt. Ja­son Lopez found Crowe lay­ing in the fe­tal po­si­tion un­con­scious near a fence. She was placed in hand­cuffs and taken for med­i­cal help. Once med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als de­ter­mined she was “mildly in­tox­i­cated” she was re­leased into po­lice cus­tody and booked into the Bald­win County Jail.

Crowe charged with ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide in 2012

Fol­low­ing her Au­gust ar­rest, Crowe was ar­rested and charged with pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion Sept. 21 by the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Crowe’s ini­tial charges stemmed from a Jan. 27, 2012, in­ci­dent where she later took a plea deal in 2013 on charges of ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide, fail­ure to main­tain lane and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Crowe was driv­ing on Cook Road when she crossed the cen­ter line and hit Camp­bell’s ve­hi­cle head-on.

Ac­cord­ing to an ear­lier

story, re­tired Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol spokesman Gordy Wright said “al­co­hol was sus­pected and blood was drawn from Ms. Crowe for anal­y­sis.” Ac­cord­ing to the ac­ci­dent re­port from the GSP, Crowe was trapped and had to be ex­tri­cated from the ve­hi­cle. Her listed con­di­tion at the time of the crash was “un­der the in­flu­ence of med­i­ca­tion/drugs/al­co­hol.”

The re­port stated that Camp­bell did not have a valid li­cense and was not wear­ing a seat­belt. She was par­tially ejected from her ve­hi­cle and pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Af­ter the guilty plea, Al­covy Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit Su­pe­rior Court Judge Eu­gene Ben­ton sen­tenced Crowe to 15 years in jail. She was re­quired to serve three of those years be­hind bars be­fore be­ing re­leased to serve an­other year with an an­kle mon­i­tor. She was also or­dered to not pos­sess or con­sume al­co­hol and to speak at schools to tell other teens about the dan­gers of drink­ing and driv­ing.

Court hears from pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer, psy­chi­a­trist, preacher

Com­mu­nity Su­per­vi­sion Of­fi­cer Michael Jewell, who is based out of Milledgeville, was called and spoke on Crowe’s pro­ba­tion while she was en­rolled in school at Ge­or­gia Col­lege and State Univer­sity. He said she re­mained in com­pli­ance up un­til the date of her ar­rest.

Dur­ing her time on pro­ba­tion, Jewell was tasked with ap­prov­ing Crowe’s em­ploy­ment, which in­cluded a po­si­tion at the Vel­vet Elvis Grille and Tap in Milledgeville, and her com­mu­nity ser­vice, which was be­ing com­pleted at a Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol Post.

Dr. Franklin Jef­fer­son Duffy Jr., who works at the GCSU coun­sel­ing cen­ter as a psy­chi­a­trist, said he be­gan see­ing Crowe as a pa­tient in Septem­ber. He be­lieved she was hav­ing trou­ble fo­cus­ing af­ter her pre­vi­ous prison sen­tence and had symp­toms con­sis­tent with frontal lobe dam­age.

Duffy also said Crowe was hav­ing dif­fi­culty fit­ting in and often talked about feel­ing iso­lated.

Rev. Roy­eese Stowe, a Methodist preacher, said she knew Crowe in her child­hood and con­tin­ued her re­la­tion­ship with her through her prison sen­tence and col­lege ca­reer.

“I be­lieve McKen­zie wakes up every morn­ing in pain,” she said. “I be­lieve she lost a part of her­self and will have a dif­fi­cult time get­ting it back with­out pro­fes­sional help.”

Fa­ther wants to find treat­ment

Matt Crowe, McKen­zie’s fa­ther, was called to speak about McKen­zie’s living ar­range­ments and sta­tus of school­ing.

As of her ar­rest date, Aug. 27 McKen­zie Crowe has been in­car­cer­ated. She is cur­rently be­ing housed in the Rock­dale County Jail. Matt Crowe said she would return to the fam­ily’s Ox­ford home to re­side with his wife and him once re­leased.

He also told the court that McKen­zie Crowe would not be re­turn­ing to GCSU where she was en­rolled in nurs­ing school.

Matt Crowe said he was not aware that his daugh­ter was drink­ing and he chose not to bond her out of the Bald­win County Jail be­cause he wanted to find her re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and treat­ment be­fore she got out.

‘There’s no ex­cuse’

Crowe said she had no ex­cuse for why she drank on Aug. 27, but that it was the only way she could find to con­nect with her peers.

“Life wasn’t what I thought it would be,” she said. “Prison took ev­ery­thing I was and all I knew. Life wasn’t the same and I couldn’t han­dle it.

“I messed up,” she said. “I’m sorry. I know sorry doesn’t cover it.”

Crowe said she has been pray­ing and work­ing on fix­ing her­self to learn how to be nor­mal and find ways of cop­ing with what she did.

Crowe’s pro­ba­tion re­voked fol­low­ing MPD ar­rest

Af­ter a rec­om­men­da­tion from Al­covy Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit District At­tor­ney Layla Zon to re­voke Crowe’s pro­ba­tion for two years and felony first of­fender sta­tus and a re­quest from Crowe’s at­tor­ney, David La­malva, to have her sen­tenced to a 90-day drug and al­co­hol treat­ment cen­ter, Ben­ton made his sen­tenc­ing.

Ben­ton re­voked Crowe’s pro­ba­tion and sen­tenced her to two years in the state pen­i­ten­tiary. He also with­drew the term of her pro­ba­tion re­quir­ing her to speak at schools but main­tained all other terms of her pro­ba­tion in­clud­ing that she does not con­sume or pos­sess al­co­hol.

At the time of the pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion re­vo­ca­tion, Ben­ton did not re­voke Crowe’s felony first of­fender sta­tus but warned that it would be con­sid­ered if any other vi­o­la­tions oc­curred.

Crowe has 11 years and 6 days left on her 15-year sen­tence, Ben­ton said.

“My po­si­tion and my re­spon­si­bil­ity re­quires me to pro­tect our com­mu­nity by up­hold­ing the law­ful sen­tence that the court im­posed in 2013,” Zon said. “The sen­tence was clear. The rec­om­men­da­tion by the pro­ba­tion depart­ment was the stan­dard rec­om­men­da­tion made in any case where a pro­ba­tioner com­mits new of­fenses and a special con­di­tion of pro­ba­tion is vi­o­lated.” When asked by The Cov

in­g­ton News, Matt Crowe would not pro­vide a com­ment af­ter the sen­tenc­ing was an­nounced.

Al­li­son Bell Camp­bell

McKen­zie Crowe

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