SEVIER COUNTY, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Texas man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to a crash that killed three members of a Southwest Arkansas family last October.
The crash on Highway 41 in 2019 in Sevier County killed elementary school teacher Jessica Baig, her husband Mirza, and one of their daughters. The couple’s other daughter suffered serious injuries.
According to an affidavit written by one of the officers that responded to the scene of the fatal crash, “While talking with Williams, he admitted that he was travelling north on S.H. 41 and was trying to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone at the time of the collision. While he was talking I noticed that his speech was slow and slurred. I also could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from his breath when he spoke. I asked Williams how much he had to drink and he replied “a few”, but could not tell me exactly how much.”
Court records show Justin Williams of Abilene, Texas, withdrew his not guilty plea just before his trial was set to begin this week and instead pleaded guilty to three counts of negligent homicide and one count of first-degree battery.