Woman gets 10 years probation in fatal hit-and-run

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A woman indicted for a fatal hit-and-run wreck pled guilty today and received a 10-year probation sentence, according to a family member of the victim.

Lacie Clements of Louisiana hit Richard Michael Tolly, of Lufkin, in front of Jimmy's Bar off Highway 94 just across the Trinity County line. Clements then turned around in a parking lot and traveled back toward Lufkin. Tolly died at the scene.

Clements also will pay restitution to Tolly's two children, Pullen said.

Tolly's sister, Michelle Pullen, called the sentence "a joke" and said she did not agree to the plea bargain.

Pullen said Trinity County District Attorney Joe Ned Dean called her last week and told her he did not think Clements needed to serve time in jail.

"He told me she didn't need jail but needed mental help," Pullen said.

Pullen said the sentencing took place in a break room in the district clerk's office.

"I had to give a victim's statement in front of the men's toilet," Pullen said.

Clements' attorney, Ryan Deaton, said he thought the sentence was appropriate.

As part of the agreement, Clements is not allowed to drive in Texas or apply for a Texas driver's license.