Jury recommends maximum sentence for Tiffany Pittman


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall
Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - Shortly before noon, a  jury  finished deliberating a sentence in the Tiffany Pittman case. They recommended 15 years in prison, which was the maximum sentence Pittman could have received.

The 15-year recommendation combines the maximum sentence for two crimes, both of which she was convicted: 10 years for manslaughter and five years for wanton endangerment.

The jury also recommended that the sentences be served consecutively.

On Friday, a jury in Marshall County found Pittman, 20, guilty of manslaughter, wanton endangerment and DUI.

Jimmy Harper, 46, was on his way to work when he was killed back in August 2011.

Earlier in the morning, the jury listened to family members from both sides in this case.

Pittman's mother, Misti Flint described her daughter as a people person who was involved in everything from sports to the yearbook while in high school. She said her daughter was a shell of what she once was and is remorseful every day for her actions.

Jimmy Harper's sister and sons also took to the stand. Harper's two sons testified their lives have been forever changed and both told Pittman they have forgiven her.

"I know you didn't mean to do it and I will forgive you but I will never forget," said Dallas Harper, Jimmy Harper's son.

"You get to breathe, you're alive. You get to walk again. You took my dad's last breath and now I don't have my father," he continued.

Despite the jury's recommendation on Pittman's case, the judge will have the final say. Pittman could receive anywhere from 5-15 years.  That decision could come as early as next week.