Ex-teacher with dementia sentenced to 10 years in prison in sibling's death

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comApril 29, 2013 

A 79-year-old former teacher who has been diagnosed with dementia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Rockcastle County traffic death of his 83-year-old sister, Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Renita Blanton said Monday.

On Aug. 29, 2011, Clyde White smashed his van multiple times into a vehicle that his brother, Lawrence White, was driving. White's sister, Dorothy Whitaker, 83, of Richmond, died. She was a passenger in the van driven by Lawrence White, who at the time was 82 and lived in Lexington, state police said.

Clyde White was sentenced Friday in Rockcastle Circuit Court.

Last month, he entered an Alford plea to second-degree manslaughter. Under the Alford plea, White maintained his innocence but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict him, his attorney Jerry Cox previously told the Herald-Leader.

White's case was unusual in that psychiatrists who examined him for the prosecution said he would have been competent to stand trial. But dementia and depression impaired his capacity to understand the criminality of his conduct in ramming the vehicle carrying his siblings.

White remained at the Rockcastle County jail Monday. He has been there since his arrest in 2011.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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