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Brookhaven man sentenced to 8 years for fatal 2015 Franklin County crash

NATCHEZ — A Brookhaven man was sentence to eight years Monday after pleading guilty to manslaughter stemming from a 2015 vehicle crash in Franklin County that killed a 16-year-old girl.

Scotty Ardell Cater, 31, entered a guilty plea to culpable negligence manslaughter Monday in Sixth Judicial District Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson’s court in Natchez.

Cater was charged following a crash May 18, 2015, on U.S. 98 that killed Cheyenne Kinnaird of Franklin County.

Cater was speeding when he attempted to pass a vehicle on a double-yellow line while traveling up a hill that had a curve at the top of it, District Attorney Ronnie Harper said.

At the time of the crash, Mississippi Highway Patrol reported that Cater, who was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, collided head-on with Kinnaird, who was traveling with her brother in a Nissan Altima.

Kinnaird was pronounced dead at the scene, and her brother, Brian “Cole” Kinnaird was injured. Cater was also injured.

Harper said that Cater initially attempted to mount a defense based on his mental health, but was found competent to stand trial following a mental evaluation.

Johnson sentenced Cater Monday to eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with the last three years of the sentence to be served on post-release supervision, Harper said.

The Sixth Judicial District covers Adams, Amite, Franklin and Jefferson counties.