Sam G. Chowning comes up for parole in March, 14 years after being convicted of three counts of vehicular homicide. Chowning was driving under the influence on Highway 42 near Carrollton when he crossed over into the other lane and ran into a family on their way to a church event in Vevay Ind., according to Carroll County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Crawford.
"After opening statements in the case, he pled guilty," Crawford recalled in a telephone interview. "It was bad. Everyone in the car, the father, mother and a child, died."
Chowning was also convicted on a Franklin County charge of third-degree burglary and being a persistent felony offender.
Nine other people convicted of felonies have hearings before the state Parole Board in March.
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