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Loris mom gets prison time for DUI crash that killed girl

Heather Boyd


     An active prison sentence has been ordered for a Loris area woman whose daughter died in a 2020 drunk driving crash, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson announced Thursday.

     Heather Boyd, 24, entered the guilty pleas to felony driving under the influence resulting in death and felony DUI with great bodily injury Wednesday before Circuit Court Judge Steven H. John, said O’Bryan Martin, an assistant solicitor who prosecuted the case.

     Boyd was sentenced to four years on the felony DUI with death and 12 years suspended to six years in prison and four years’ probation on the felony DUI with great bodily injury, Martin said.

     “Sentences will run consecutively and she must serve 85 percent because the felony DUI with death is a violent and most serious offense that carries a sentence of one to 25 years in prison,” the news release said.

     In addition to Boyd’s daughter, two people in another vehicle were seriously injured in the Jan. 9, 2020 crash on Hwy 66 near Loris. A letter from the child’s father was accepted by the judge, and the other victims appeared during the hearing.

     Martin recommended a four year sentence on the felony DUI with death and no more than 12 years on the great bodily injury charge, which carries a penalty of between 30 days and 15 years in prison.

     Further violations while on supervised release she could face a revocation and be subject to serving the remaining six years in prison, the news release said.