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Drunk driver found guilty in killing Union County teen

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Keith Kingsley. Source: Union County Jail. Keith Kingsley. Source: Union County Jail.
UNION CO., KY (WFIE) -

A guilty verdict and a ten year maximum sentence recommendation for the driver charged with being drunk and killing a teen last year in Union County.

A jury convicted Keith Kingsley in the crash that happened February of 2011 on State Road 360 near Uniontown.

18-year-old Cody Vaughn was killed, three others, including Kingsley were hurt. 

Cody's mother, Tonya Wells says it's been a long trial, but the fact that it's ending is providing some comfort to the victims' families.

Just after 4:00 p.m. on February 6th, 2011, Kentucky State Police say Kingsley's pickup truck crossed the center line on Highway 360 near Uniontown and hit Vaughn's car. That crash killed Vaughn and injured Kingsley as well as the passengers in both vehicles.

Wednesday, the jury recommended Kingsley serve ten years in prison for reckless homicide.

"We're satisfied with the ten years. We feel that will give him enough time to realize what he done," said Vaughn's mother, Tonya Wells. 

In all, Kingsley was convicted of reckless homicide, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and being a persistent felony offender. 

On Wednesday, Wells says the verdict does offer some closure.

Wells says she's been working since the accident, reminding the public that there are consequences to drinking and driving.

"Don't give up if their family members have been killed by a drunk driver. Pursue it. Keep going," Wells states.

Vaughn's passenger, Jacob French, was badly injured in the accident. His mother tells 14 News that Jacob is now feeling some relief.

"He was happy with it. He thought he should have got more, but I told him that's all that they could have gave him and he's fine with it," Jacob's mother Mary Beth Clevidence said.

"It makes us feel that we didn't just give up and didn't just take it as well things happen," Wells said.

Kingsley is in Union County Jail and his final sentencing date is set for next month.

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