Tamarcus Edward Burt has been sentenced for the March 6, 2016, automobile collision which occurred on Highway 82 in Bullock County.

Tamarcus Burt has been sentenced to a total of 60 years for the Reckless Murder of Chelsey Takia Persons and Jalyric Unique Tarver, who were both killed, and the Assault First Degree of Destiny Keyona Parker and Jaquanja Harris, who were both critically injured.

Tamarcus Burt was sentenced by Circuit Judge Burt Smithart after hearing from family members of the four girls, District Attorney Ben C. Reeves, Jr., who handled the prosecution of Burt, AL Pardon and Parole personnel, and Tamarcus Burt himself. The sentencing was handed down on May 6, 2019.

The evidence in the case against Burt would show that on March 6, 2016 at approximately 12:20 a.m. Tamarcus Burt was driving west on U.S. Highway 82 and crossed the center line and was then traveling westbound in the eastbound lane.

Burt continued westbound in the eastbound lane and collided with a black Ford Mustang that was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 82. This crash resulted in the death of Chelsey Persons and Jalyric Tarver and critically injuring Destiny Parker, Jaquanja Harris and Tamarcus Burt.

At 12:30 a.m. the crash was reported to ALEA (AL Law Enforcement Agency). At 1:12 a.m. Trooper Still arrived on the scene and determined there were 2 people deceased and 3 people with serious injury. Trooper Still notified ALEA radio room to notify a traffic homicide investigator. Corporal Ray and Trooper Newman later arrived at the scene.

Trooper Still recovered from Burt’s vehicle a Crown Royal bottle that was two-thirds full, five Bud Light beer cans, and a 12-pack box of Bud Light beer.

Trooper Head was directed by ALEA radio room to respond to Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery to obtain blood from both drivers. Tamarcus Burt and Destiny Parker were both unconscious at the time the blood was drawn.

Toxicology results show that Burt’s blood alcohol level was .243, and Destiny Parker’s blood alcohol level was negative.

District Attorney Reeves stated “This situation is a direct result of someone driving a motor vehicle on our roads while intoxicated. There have been four local families devastated by this tragedy and whose lives have been changed forever. It could have all been prevented.”

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