Former Inmate Speaks to South Georgia Students

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

"My story is about a bad choice I made 11 years ago," said former inmate/ motivational speaker Chris Sandy.

On April 11, 2000 the life of then 22-year-old Chris Sandy screeched to an abrupt stop.

"I was .14 so I was clearly over the limit," Sandy.

Sandy said after drinking he got behind the wheel headed to a party ... a party he didn't make. Sandy said he was traveling on a dirt road outside of Atlanta in a 35 mph zone driving 40 miles over the limit ... causing him to crash into an oncoming vehicle killing an elderly couple. A story, he now shares with the world.

"His speech really got to me," said Thomas County High School Junior Violet Avedissant.

"Around this time this year we have so many students going to the beach and going to the prom and of course parties after graduation," said Thomas County Sheriff's Deputy John Sellers.

Sellers said during this time it is important for school staff to bring awareness to the issue of drinking and driving, a life changing issue for Sandy. Sandy said because of his "bad decision" he served an 8 1/2 years in prison and since released he is now serving 21 years on probation.

With Spring break around the corner school staff said they hope Sandy's message leaves a lasting impression - Donnitra Gilbert WCTV Eyewitness News Thomasville.

Spring break for students in Thomas County will start Friday April 1 st and classes will resume on April 8th.

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