Jemison man pleads guilty to manslaughter
by James Phillips
Apr 17, 2012 | 3647 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Shane Haney
Michael Shane Haney
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A Jemison man was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in a car crash that took the lives of three people in 2006.

Michael Shane Haney, 33, entered a guilty plea to three counts of manslaughter Thursday afternoon before Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott. As a part of his plea, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison on each count to run concurrently.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said Haney was the driver in an accident that happened at the intersection of Sharon Boulevard and Quinton Road in Dora on April 24, 2006, where three people died. The three victims — Casey Jo Williams, Margie Dutton and Phillip Chance — were all passengers in Haney’s vehicle. Chance and Dutton died at the scene, while Williams died later at a Birmingham hospital. Another female passenger in the car was injured but survived the crash.

Adair said Haney admitted during the plea hearing to being under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the accident.

Brian Warren, an assistant district attorney and lead prosecutor in the case, said the crash was a “horrific accident,” and that Haney was also driving with a suspended license at the time.

Haney is currently in the Walker County Jail, where he was being held before the plea hearing on unrelated felony charges.

Adair said he would soon be transferred to a state prison.

Haney was indicted in May 2007. The case was one of oldest homicide cases that Adair inherited when he took office in January 2011. Adair said there were 23 homicides pending when he was elected district attorney.

“We got 10 done last year,” Adair said. “We’ve had a couple of new ones this year, and now this one. We’re glad to get this case done and continue to work through the backlog of homicide cases that we have here in Walker County.”