Blankenship Sentenced

A Houston County man with a debilitating disease will spend the next 15 years behind bars.

Judge Jerry White sentenced Perry Blankenship on Monday.

Blankenship was indicted on a manslaughter charge in January of this year.

The case resulted from a fatal car crash in October of last year.

The wreck happened on Highway 52 near Webb, where workers were resurfacing the road.

Police say traffic had slowed or stopped at a construction site when Blankenship’s red Camaro slammed into the rear of a mini-van.

17 year old Brandon McCoy of Webb was riding in the back of the van and was killed by the impact.

Prosecutors contended Blankenship suffers from Parkinson’s disease and should not have been driving.

Blankenship pled guilty to the manslaughter charge.