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Man gets probation for fatal U.S. 401 wreck

Posted February 11, 2009

— A Franklin County man was placed on probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to causing a wreck last summer that killed a local couple.

Louis Mahler Joyner, 22, of Louisburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He was sentenced to two years on probation, and his driver's license was revoked for two years.

Joyner's 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck crossed the center lane on U.S. Highway 401 about five miles south of Louisburg and collided head-on with a 1998 Corvette on June 26, authorities said.

The Corvette's passengers, James Preston Holmes, 65, and Mary Charles Holmes, 65, of Louisburg, were killed in the wreck.

The Holmeses' daughter, Marbeth Holmes, has called for tougher penalties for people charged in fatal wrecks, such as an immediate suspension of driving privileges after charges are filed.


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  • Mrfeelgood Feb 12, 2009

    How short our memories are....... There was no cell phone or alcohol involved. I know both of these families. Jimmy and Mary Charles were fine, fine people- and Mahler is a great young man. In this case, the punishment fits the charges.
    I too have lost loved ones to tradegy.

  • uncommonsense Feb 11, 2009

    kellyaustin96 - when a drunk driver registers above the limit on a breath test, their license is immediately suspended for a period of time upon being charged (their due process rights are not being denied to them), so why not suspend a person's license when they are charged with killing someone with their car? People forget that driving is a privilege regulated by the state, not a right.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Feb 11, 2009

    as tragic as it is.. you cant send someone to jail every time someone dies in an accident. i think, if it was a pure accident, this situation in the article works fine. if there was any negligence, jail time is a must, or at least some hefty fines...

  • cold hands warm heart Feb 11, 2009

    Just because someone has a revoked or suspended license doesn't mean they won't drive anyway. Same for insurance, just because you are required to have it doesn't mean everyone does. My young cousin and 2 of her friends burn to death when they were hit by a drunk drive on a revoke license. A drunk driver who I might add had 8 convictions against for driving drunk.

    My heart goes out to the family for their loss.

  • LocalYokel Feb 11, 2009

    there are at least 3 ways in this state that you can kill someone and get little or no punishment: 1-kill them with your car (by far the easiest), 2-pharmacist/doctor giving wrong drugs, 3-hunting 'accident'

  • ncshower2 Feb 11, 2009

    My grandmother was killed by a 16 year old boy that dropped his cellphone in the floorboard and he reached down to pick it up. It took 2 months for her to die, very bad accident she was airlifted he never had ANY trouble other than having to live with himself. I still get angry about it.

  • cameragirl Feb 11, 2009

    There should be a stiffer penalty for these people who cause the wrecks. Unfortunately we have very limited space in jail so people get off with probation. Now there is another topic. Probation doesn't always mean that someone will be checking on you. Look at the Eve Carson case. They should have to remain on house arrest for at least 2 years or go to prison for at least 2 years. That would be the minimum. Actually I feel that they should go for a much longer sentence.

  • Seeminglyopposed Feb 11, 2009

    He will be out driving tomorrow, driving again over the center line......there is no reality check nor harsh consequence for the lives and destruction he has caused.

  • pinklady-1 Feb 11, 2009

    wow!...probation for killing 2 people...i bet the father of the boy with the gun gets more time than that!...so wrong...

  • kellyaustin96 Feb 11, 2009

    To quote the daughter, "I want the license suspended as soon as charges are filed." Minor detail in our judicial system, innocent until proven guilty.

    I do agree with bad drivers crossing the center line though, There ia a middle school bus that goes down Thomson Mill Road in Wake Forest, with the driver on the cell phone and crossing the center line nearly every morning. Repeated phone calls have done nothing to alleviate the situation.