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February 22, 2022

Canton man sentenced to 20 years for DUI resulting in woman’s death

Therese Apel

Jerodrick George

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced today that Jerodrick George of Canton pled guilty to one count of Driving Under the Influence Resulting in Death.

Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced him to serve a term of twenty years in prison.

On November 2, 2018, Jerodrick George was driving westbound on Highway 16 when his pickup truck struck and killed Cheryl L. Clark. Clark was walking in the same direction as George was driving. The force of the impact caused her to be thrown off the roadway and into a nearby ditch. She was killed instantly from the impact.

George attempted to leave the scene, but his car was not drivable due to the force of the collision. His blood alcohol content was .107 when he was later taken to the hospital for minor injuries he sustained from the crash.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol Crash Team worked the accident. They determined that when George hit Clark, he was not only drunk, but he was also traveling at least 80 miles per hour which is twenty five miles over the posted speed limit. George has four prior DUI convictions and did not possess a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident.

“This is number five for George, and this time he took an innocent life. He is a danger to every single person reading this, as well as their families,” said Bramlett. “Judge Ratcliff put him exactly where he needs to be, and for a proper and significant amount of time. Our prayers continue for the family and friends of Cheryl Clark, as they now continue their lives without her.”

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