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Irby Receives 18 Years Behind Bars

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Karen Irby has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the deaths of Drs. Mark Pogue and Lisa Dedousis.

Karen Irby, who pleaded guilty March 26 to two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of two doctors, was sentenced this morning to 18 years in prison for each count, her sentences to run concurrently.

Irby was intoxicated when she drove her black Mercedes head-on into a white pickup truck carrying Dr. Mark Pogue and Dr. Lisa Dedousis. The pickup truck burst into flames, killing both passengers. Irby and her husband, Stuart, were seriously injured.

For more on this story, see McMillin Talks on Irby 'Conspiracy.'

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157763
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18 years, less than half of the maximum sentence, compared to the lifetimes of two people whose occupations positively affect many others. Just doesn't seem right.

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jamesparker
Date
2010-05-11T10:59:49-06:00
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157765
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I agree that the sentence is way too little to pay for the lives of two young doctors and dedicated as Drs. Pogue and Dedousis were. I hope the civil suit in court does better. I would like to see the Irby's establish a foundation that builds the medical clinic Dr. Dedousis was so committed to creating in New York.

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deltabelle
Date
2010-05-11T12:09:04-06:00
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157766
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I agree; it sounds like a light sentence for the crime. Note that my interview with McMillin and investigators, linked above, foreshadowed that she was likely to go to prison for much less time than perhaps she could have. From that story due to odd choices of charges by the DA (who has not returned our calls about this case to answer these questions): Data gathered by McMillin indicated, though, that the plea could have resulted from an overly ambitious charge of depraved heart murder. He said JPD showed that JPD had presented a strong case for indicting Irby on three counts of aggravated DUI--which can bring up to 25 years for each murder or maiming (as in her husband's injuries). Instead, Smith re-indicted Irby for gross negligence manslaughter, which officers claim is more difficult to prove and will likely bring a lighter sentence than aggravated DUI.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2010-05-11T13:08:33-06:00
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157767
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Here's an updated JFP article with more info.

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LatashaWillis
Date
2010-05-11T13:49:19-06:00
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157768
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Just another case of the white man keeping the black man down. Attica!

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DrumminD21311
Date
2010-05-11T13:49:37-06:00
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157769
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If it is true, as the victims’ families said today, that Stuart was beating Karen when this horrific accident occurred, then I hope that he serves time as well. In my opinion, he is just as culpable as she is for killing these two doctors. If the allegations are true that he abused the child or Karen, then he is a coward. I am very scared for their children should they be left in his custody.

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ellen
Date
2010-05-11T14:19:33-06:00
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157772
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Good point, Ellen. I am always in awe of victims' families who show compassion and ask for leniency. This thing is so tragic in every direction, but especially for the families of the victims. (Drummin, did you post on the wrong thread?)

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DonnaLadd
Date
2010-05-11T14:55:24-06:00
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157774
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No I did not. You said it seemed like a light sentence for the crime. Your words. I wonder why? Because she's white! In the next case the black man will get a much harsher sentence, hence my assertion of the case as an example of the white man with his heel on the throat of the black man. Racist!

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DrumminD21311
Date
2010-05-11T15:36:42-06:00
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157777
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Drummin, if I may say something, no one can prove or disprove that race had any part of this - you may have a point, you may not. But what I think caught people's attention is the tragic accident itself and the idea that the Irbys have alot of wealth and influence, not to mention their many contributions to political leaders and organizations. This one was destined to be scrutinized closely by the average citizen like you and I (assuming, of course, that you are indeed average).

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jamesparker
Date
2010-05-11T16:30:05-06:00
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157780
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" and the idea that the Irbys have alot of wealth and influence" Yeah, wealth and influence, because they are white. How many black "Irby's" are there? :) "This one was destined to be scrutinized closely by the average citizen like you and I (assuming, of course, that you are indeed average)." Oh no, that is a HORRIBLE assumption, I am FAR from average. I'm about as far from the average Mississippian as physically possible. I am quite exceptional.

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DrumminD21311
Date
2010-05-11T17:47:12-06:00
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157787
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I have a friend who just went to prison Nov 2009 for a similar accident. She was drinking, had an accident and her fiance was killed. She was sentenced to 8yrs. She is black and working class.

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justmarlon3
Date
2010-05-12T08:16:54-06:00
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157789
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I'm kinda surpised she got 18yrs, I thought she might get 8-10yrs. I don't really understand why she pled guilty if it's true that Stuart was hitting on her and pulling her hair. Seems she could have gone to trial and proven he caused the wreck and not gotten but a few years or maybe none at all.

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BubbaT
Date
2010-05-12T12:51:09-06:00
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157790
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"I have a friend who just went to prison Nov 2009 for a similar accident. She was drinking, had an accident and her fiance was killed. She was sentenced to 8yrs. She is black and working class." Well I guess that little anecdote just let all white people off the hook for everything. My bad, I apologize, to you to Bubba. I've been so naive. White people really do have it harder than blacks these days...

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DrumminD21311
Date
2010-05-12T12:54:04-06:00
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157791
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Drummin- ?????

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BubbaT
Date
2010-05-12T12:59:15-06:00
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157798
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I have wondered the same, Bubba. We will probably never know the answers to many questions regarding this case. One fact we know for certain…Karen Irby was legally drunk and driving the vehicle that crashed into Dr. Dedousis and Dr. Pogue. There was no escaping that fact regardless of whether or not she tried to prove that Stuart was beating her when the wreck happened. What I don’t believe is that alcohol was the only factor that caused her to drive over 70 mph into oncoming traffic on Old Canton Rd. There had to be some other factor involved. I think it’s safe to say that the victims’ families have more information than we do about what actually happened, and they obviously believe that Stuart Irby played a major role in causing the accident. Considering his history of abuse, this is not such a far-fetched assumption.

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ellen
Date
2010-05-12T13:58:35-06:00

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