David Higgins, 25, must serve seven months behind bars and then serve three years on probation. He also must perform 25 hours of community service each week unless he is a fulltime student or is working at least 25 hours a week, Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward ruled.
A jury convicted Higgins of criminally negligent homicide for the death of young Eric Williams on May 22, 2011. The fatal accident occurred in the parking area of the Highland Pines Apartments at 3677 Outland Drive near Winchester and South Perkins in southeast Memphis.
He also was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days for driving on a suspended license and six months for reckless driving. Those will be served concurrently with his other sentences.
Higgins, who is incarcerated, has another pending charge of driving on a suspended license.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Michael McCusker and Jennifer Morris of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force.