Macon – A Macon woman who fired shots from her vehicle, causing a 2018 fatal traffic crash, was sentenced to prison on Tuesday.
Jury selection had been set to begin Tuesday morning in the trial for Kristy Nicoishen Buckner, 25. Buckner instead pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle in the first degree and aggravated assault. A judge sentenced her to serve 25 years. The first 15 years must be served in prison.
If the case had gone to trial, prosecutors Ben Conkling and Cara Fiore would have presented evidence showing:
A fight occurred at Buckner’s home in the College Park apartment complex on Williamson Road on Feb. 10, 2018. After the fight, Buckner’s boyfriend drove off. She followed him in a Honda Accord.
The boyfriend called 911 at about 5:45 p.m. saying Buckner was following him on Williamson Road and firing a gun at him. He ran the red light at the intersection of Williamson Road and Bloomfield Drive approximately a minute after leaving Buckner’s apartment.
Precell Carlton Brooks Jr., 47, had been parked on Bloomfield Drive at the traffic light. He drove his Ford Explorer into the intersection after the light turned green.
A surveillance camera from a convenience store across the intersection recorded video of Buckner’s boyfriend’s station wagon striking Brooks’ Explorer, causing it to overturn.
Brooks died of injuries he sustained in the crash.
A photo from the investigation shows a bullet hole in the hood of Buckner’s car.
Speaking after the hearing, District Attorney David Cooke said, “Ms. Buckner’s reckless acts of revenge endangered everyone on the road and took the life of Mr. Brooks, an innocent bystander who was just driving home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Brooks’ family. I hope others can learn from this tragedy that justice comes from the courtroom and not from the street.”
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