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Probation revocation hearing held in Cody File case

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Cody File during his May 5, 2014 hearing. Cody File during his May 5, 2014 hearing.
A picture of Caroline Meeks on a button worn by her mother. A picture of Caroline Meeks on a button worn by her mother.
Amanda Lay Amanda Lay
The wreckage of Meeks' car that File was driving on May 9, 2009. The wreckage of Meeks' car that File was driving on May 9, 2009.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A long and painful process has begun again for a Jefferson County family. For a second time they're watching the man who killed their daughter slowly make his way through the legal system after police say he messed up his second chance.  

Caroline Meeks had her whole life ahead of her. She was only 18. 

"Friday it will be five years since she was killed," said Amanda Lay, her mother, outside a courtroom at the Jefferson County Judicial center.

Cody File had a future too until May 9, 2009, when he drove drunk as a 18 year old at more than three times the legal limit for adults and crashed his car, killing Caroline. Even then, thanks to a manslaughter plea and shock probation, File could have a bright life. Now he's up for probation revocation because police say in April he drove drunk again in Henry County. He could have to serve the rest of his 14 year prison sentence for killing Caroline. 

"He spent about eight months in prison, so he knows what it's like to be in prison and then he got shocked out and then he blows it," Lay said. 

Lay and the group of friends flooding the courtroom with red in Caroline's memory say that's exactly where File belongs. 

"There's always a part of you that never gets over losing a child," Lay said. "You learn how to adjust but you never 100% get over everything and to see him back in this situation where he could have killed other people, it's horrible." 

When he appears in court June 6 File will learn if his probation will be revoked. He's back in front of Judge Fred Cowan, who sentenced him on the manslaughter charge the first time. Back then, Cowan reminded File of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash and all the damage a drunk driver can do.

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