100-year Sentence in '06 Fatal Crash

A Cottonwood man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for the alcohol-related traffic deaths of his wife, his son and another child.

34 year old Kenneth McDaniel was originally charged with murder.

A jury of 11 women and one man deliberated just over an hour before finding McDaniel guilty of three counts of manslaughter.

McDaniel was also convicted of second degree assault for injuries to his step-daughter.

She ended up surviving the crash.

The accident happened in June of 2006 on Highway 231, south of Dothan, when McDaniel allegedly drove his vehicle into the path of an on-coming 18-wheeler.

Prosecutors contended McDaniel was intoxicated at the time of the mishap.


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  • by Anonymous Location: graceville on Mar 10, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    kenny mcdaniel is more of a person then most know .so god is going to bless him...i pray everyday he gets out of prison and walks free .my love will always be with kenny
  • by Lori Location: Chipley on Feb 17, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    I do not know all of the details of the accident, but the Kenny I knew would not intentionally kill anyone, drinking or not.To me, it is not fair to say that this was intentional in any way. Accidents do happen and if they were arguing, his mind might have been on the converssation as we all do sometimes. His blood alchohol level was not high enough to impair his driving.Who is to say that the vehicle did not stall. I know tha precious lives were lost that night, but Kenny not only lost his wife and son, but he also lost his life that night. Im sorry, but 100 years in prison is not going to fix anyhting. We all have our faults and i for one know that i have made mistakes. Drinking is something most of all of us do and if we are honest, how many of us have gotten behind the wheel after one or two beers. I know that it is not right, but be honest we are all human.Murderers that intentionally kill someone dont even get that long. I think that this whole incident was totally mis judged.
  • by No name Location: Alabama on Apr 9, 2008 at 07:12 PM
    I, as a human being, feel that Kenny deserves worse than the sentence he received today. Knowing all involved, it was devestating not only to the families, but to a COMMUNITY. One that filled the emergency room that June night. No one will EVER know exactly how much he had to drink that night. But for the man to go out after this accident, and to be CAUGHT drinking again speaks VOLUMES to me. Isnt that why his probation was revoked? If one man has to be the one to set an exaple, so be it! Lisa, Johnny and Caleb will always be missed. Nicole, Jodi, Pam, Christopher, & Courtney are the ones that wake up and face each day without a mother, a brother, a son. Granted, Kenny no longer has a wife or son, but he was the one that chose to drink and drive. Isnt there a commercial that says "Buzz driving IS drunk driving"?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    i think justice has been served, due to his own negligence and stupidness. thank god a witness survived. the wife should have never let him drive,but he knew he was drunk, and should have never got behind the wheel. it makes me think he planned and knew what he was going to do, i was told divorce was in process, so if so he meant no one was going to be with her but him so he killed her, trying to kill all of them.
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