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Woman convicted of aggravated DUI

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A Pearl River County jury convicted a Kiln woman of aggravated driving under the influence Tuesday.

Taryn Easterling will be sentenced Thursday at the Pearl River County Courthouse in Poplarville. Aggravated DUI carries a 25-year maximum penalty.

Easterling was convicted for the death of Clarence McCraney following a Sept. 23, 2007, accident on Interstate 59 just north of the Nicholson exit.

Fifteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell said two others were in the vehicle while Easterling was driving to Kiln from New Orleans. While weaving in and out of traffic, Easterling collided with the back of McCraney’s vehicle, causing him to run off the road and crash.

“I hope this case reinforces to everyone how severe the consequences of driving under the influence can be and that this conviction provides closure for Mr. McRaney’s family,” Kittrell said, adding that this is the second DUI death case in Pearl River County in the past six months.

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