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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007

Phenix City man gets 28 years after girl’s death in police chase

PHENIX CITY (AP) — A Phenix City man received a 28-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the death of a teenage girl during a high-speed police chase.

Dennis Jermaine Hoskins, 26, was sentenced Wednesday in Russell County Circuit Court for the April 2006 death of Katherine Mallory Goins, 19.

A police officer pulled Hoskins over at about 1 a.m. for “driving improperly.”

Hoskins, who had two female passengers, drove off before the officer could reach his car, setting off the high-speed chase.

Goins was ejected from the car after Hoskins lost control of his 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo, and she died at the scene.

Judge George Greene gave Hoskins a 25-year sentence for manslaughter and revoked three years of probation from a previous conviction for fraudulent use of a credit card, said Buster Landreau, chief assistant district attorney.

“I was kind of disappointed,” said Cathy Bell, Goins’ mother. “I just thought he should have gotten more time. He knew what he was doing. I don’t think the punishment fits the crime.”

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