A Criminal Court jury convicted Parker Jackson of two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of aggravated assault in the crash that killed John Longworth, and his wife, Gearldine “Gerry” Longworth, both 75. They had been married 54 years.
A passenger in Jackson’s vehicle was injured.
Judge Bobby Carter sentenced Jackson to four years on each count of vehicular homicide and two years for aggravated assault. He ordered Jackson to serve nine months in prison and then serve nine years and three months on probation.
Jackson’s driving privileges also were revoked for 10 years.
The crash occurred on Oct. 4, 2017, at Poplar and Bray Station in Collierville.
Investigators said a GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Jackson was westbound on Poplar when it crashed into a Lexus sedan driven by Mrs. Longworth. Witnesses said the Lexus had been stopped in the intersection and began turning north on Bray Station when the light turned red.
The light had been red for several seconds when the GMC Sierra accelerated through the intersection and struck the Lexus, witnesses said. Investigators said an examination of the air bag control module showed the GMC Sierra was traveling 72 mph in the 40 mph zone .5 seconds before impact with the Lexus.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Scott Smith and Glen Baity.