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Jax trucker who killed 7 kids tries to find peace

MALONE, Fla (AP) _ A few days after Jacksonville trucker Alvin Wilkerson went to prison in June, a guard asked if it was his first time there.

 

“No, sir, this is my last,” Wilkerson replied.

Wilkerson is doing seven years after pleading no contest in a horrific crash that killed seven children from one family on a remote Union County roadway. Prosecutors said he fell asleep at the wheel.

Housed at the Graceville Work Camp, a far-flung outpost on the Alabama line, he is the unlikeliest of inmates.

In an exclusive interview with the Times-Union, Wilkerson, 34, gave no hint of the bitterness or anger that characterizes so many Florida prisoners. His biggest concerns aren’t the years of incarceration that lay ahead but his wife and three kids, the families of the dead children and keeping positive.  More from NewsOK

It was a sad story — Wilkerson drove for Crete Carrier out of Lincoln, Nebraska.  According to the article, “Wilkerson was charged with seven counts of vehicular homicide and manslaughter, carrying a potential 85-year sentence under Florida sentencing guidelines. Though he hadn’t used drugs or alcohol, prosecutors said he was criminally responsible because he dozed off after not getting enough sleep.”

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November 27, 2008 - Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , , ,

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