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Man sentenced to 30 years for fatal Morgan Co. wreck

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A judge sentenced Chandler to 30 years in prison. A judge sentenced Chandler to 30 years in prison.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The man who killed a Morgan County high school counselor while driving drunk will spend 30 years in prison. 

Hugh Chandler was sentenced Tuesday. Several of Terry White's family members were in the courtroom for the hearing. Terry's father spoke to the judge, urging for a strong sentence.

Chandler drove through a red light on Beltline Road in Decatur in June 2011. The wreck, which happened around 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, killed White, a counselor at Priceville Junior High.

After the sentencing, White's family shared their reaction to the 30-year sentence. Her father said while it won't bring his daughter back, the sentence gives them some comfort because Chandler, who had been arrested for DUI multiple times before, won't be on the road driving drunk anymore.

"You never really get over it, because Thursday would have been her 58th birthday. But knowing this guy won't be on the highway anymore drinking, perhaps kill somebody else, this could give us some type of closure. We will never be over this, but this will help," said Alton White.

When Hugh Chandler pleaded guilty to murder, he made what is called a 'blind plea,' meaning he has no right to appeal the sentence.

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