Man sentenced to 50 years in fatal wreck from 2020

    A 25-year-old man has been sentenced in Sevier County for his part in a fatal wreck that occurred in 2020.

    Hugo Hernandez pleaded guilty on two counts of negligent homicide and a count of felony battery earlier this summer. 

    Investigators found that Hernandez was intoxicated during the wreck which killed 22-year-old Bernard Edwards of Nashville, 15-year-old Elizha Leeper of Mineral Springs, and injured 22-year-old Quentin Witherspoon of Fulton.

    Hernandez was driving a 2014 Chevy pickup which crossed the center line and struck the 2002 Honda Civic carrying the three victims.

    He was sentenced to 20 years each for the homicides and 10 years for the battery.

    After the initial arrest, Hernandez was released from jail after posting a $75,000 bond.

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