Criminal Justice

Lawyer with 4 Prior DUI Arrests Gets 25 Years in Fatal Drunken-Driving Crash

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An Atlanta lawyer with a history of alcohol problems and bipolar disorder admittedly had no business getting behind the wheel on Oct. 1, 2006.

But Antonio Tolliver did, on his way home from a Falcon football game at which he’d had quite a bit to drink. His blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he allegedly ran a red light and struck a cab in Atlanta, killing a woman and critically injuring two other passengers, according to prosecutors.

Today Tolliver, 40, pleaded guilty in the Fulton County vehicular homicide case and apologized. He was sentenced to a 25-year prison term, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Arrested four times previously for driving under the influence, he had been ordered not to drive as a condition of probation in an earlier DUI case.

Another Journal-Constitution article written before Tolliver’s plea provides additional details.

It says the state recommended a 20-year term. However, the mother of Shannon Brown, a 31-year-old military veteran and mom of two children, asked the judge to throw the book at Tolliver, saying that her child had come home in a box.

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