Paris Man Pleads Guilty To Negligent Homicide In DWI Deaths, Sentenced To 90 Years

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PARIS (KFSM) – A Paris man pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in multiple DWI deaths and was sentenced to 90 years in prison on Thursday (Oct. 16), according to Logan County deputies.

Eric Thompson, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of negligent homicide in Logan County Circuit Court. A jury was selected to hear testimony and give the sentencing, deputies said.

After the proceedings, a jury sentenced Thompson to the maximum of 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for each count. The sentences are to be served consecutively, according to deputies.

On Aug. 22, 2013, Thompson killed James Lee, 32, of Paris and his two sons, James Lee, 8, and Caleb Campbell, 12, in a drunk driving crash, deputies said. The Lee family was in a 2006 Chevy vehicle on AR 309 in Logan County when Thompson, driving a 1996 Dodge pickup truck, collided with them, deputies said.

Afterward, Thompson’s blood alcohol content was found to be over the legal limit at the time of the accident, according to deputies.

3 comments

  • Sean

    I really don’t feel sorry for him if he spends 90 years in jail. I knew James “Dusty” Lee and he was always a good guy to me, and I to him.

    But compare this sentence to the lady in Fayetteville who did the same thing and was out within days getting her third, fourth and fifth DUI just makes me wonder how it even happened.

    • bob

      Its cause the justices systems all screwed up. And its cause its a woman so she gets off Scott free but a man dose the same crime and spends rest of his life u jail

  • Mark Smith

    What brain trust of a lawyer decided on a jury trial? Malpractice.
    Not that the man should not be severely punished but a harsh jury sentence was predictable

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