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Vehicular homicide defendant sentenced to prison in Union County Tennessee

From 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler -

On Thursday, October 1st District Attorney General Effler issued a sentencing press release.

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Aaron Joseph Dinguss came before Union County Criminal Court Judge E. Shayne Sexton for sentencing. Dinguss plead guilty to Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication resulting from a one vehicle crash on Beard Valley Road which claimed the life of his passenger, Nathan Davis.

At the sentencing hearing, the State put on evidence to show that Aaron Joseph Dinguss, the driver of the vehicle, failed to negotiate a turn resulting in the vehicle leaving the right side of the roadway and striking a tree. Officers on scene observed Mr. Dinguss to be intoxicated, and Mr. Dinguss stated to officers, “I am drunk.” Two subsequent blood tests revealed that Mr. Dinguss had a blood alcohol content of .23 and .20, as well as marijuana in his system.

The victim’s mother, Julia Davis, delivered a victim impact statement on behalf of the Nathan Davis family. At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, Judge E. Shayne Sexton sentenced Aaron Joseph Dinguss to serve 9 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections custody.

This case was investigated by Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers Clint McKissack and John Capps. The Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation. This case was prosecuted by the Office of the District Attorney General Jared Effler.

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