Woman pleads guilty to all charges in crash that killed Florence nurse
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:39:00 GMT —
Georgia Woodberry, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday to Murder, Attempted Murder and Discharging a Firearm in a car crash that killed a Florence nurse last April.
Woodberry was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Woodberry asked the judge for leniency saying her ex-boyfriend's mental and physical abuse drove her crazy. She stated that's no excuse for her actions, but she was under so much emotional distress and just wasn't herself.
She apologized to the family of Lori Pruett. Pruett's husband, Dan Pruett, says his life without his wife hasn't been the same.
He says when he got the call that she had been hurt in an accident, he immediately headed to the hospital.
He passed the crash scene in route to the hospital and says he knew Lori's chances of survival weren't good because of how badly her car was damaged.
He asked the judge to sentence Woodberry to life in prison because she had taken an innocent life.
Florence County deputies say Woodberry had been stalking her former boyfriend for quite some time and knew the route he would travel.
Deputies say Woodberry was chasing her ex-boyfriend and his female friend on National Cemetery Road at Freedom Boulevard when she shot into the car, hitting the woman in the leg on April 5, 2012.
Lori Pruett, 36, was traveling on the road when the car Woodberry was chasing crashed into Pruett, deputies said. Pruett died at the scene.
"They ran through that red light at approximately 80 miles an hour trying to escape her gunfire. At the same time, Mrs. Pruett arrived there going to work and there was a collision. Cars tumbled over, caught on fire. And Ms. Woodberry you gone hear, went on by and came back by and looked at what went on and went on home," said Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements.
Pruett had just moved to Florence and was working as a registered nurse at Carolinas Hospital System.
Clements called it one of the most tragic events in Florence County.
Five Florence County 911 dispatchers testified Monday.
They all stated they received calls about the crash.
Two of the calls came from the woman who was driving the car that Woodberry's former boyfriend was riding in.
During the call, she told dispatchers Woodberry was chasing them and trying to run them off the road.
The woman then screams she had just been shot.
Woodberry has been held at the Florence County Detention Center since her arrest.