Cottonwood Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash

The Cottonwood man accused of killing a Webb woman in a car accident six years ago finally pled guilty Monday.

On November 13th, 2001, 39-year-old David Leroy Johnston of Cottonwood pulled out in front of 20-year-old Jennifer Dawn Gibson of Webb on Highway 84 and County Road 75 in Pansey.

Johnston’s truck was broadsided and then crashed into an unoccupied house.

Gibson died later that morning.

Monday, six years after the accident, Johnston looked the victim's family in the eye and apologized for running the stop sign and killing Jennifer.

Johnston pled guilty and Judge Denny Holloway sentenced Johnston to one year behind bars.

Then something unexpected happened; Ann Gibson, Jennifer's mother, hugged Johnston.

When the judge announced one year behind bars, he got up and left the courtroom, and when asked to comment on camera, he declined.

The court ordered Johnston to pay $2000 dollars into a fund at Wallace community College. This is how Ann plans on keeping Jennifer’s memory alive after this terrible accident took her life.

Johnston’s lawyer asked for a probation hearing. Judge Holloway set that date for August 1st.

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