Man charged with deadly DUI crash indicted - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man charged with deadly DUI crash indicted

Melandus Penson could face up to 25 years for each of his charges. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Melandus Penson could face up to 25 years for each of his charges. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MARSHALL CO., MS (WMC) -

A grand jury indicted a suspected DUI driver charged with killing two Briarcrest High School teenagers in a May crash.

"When he goes to trial, he is convicted of all counts and will spend the rest of his life in prison," said Cody Holden, father of one of the teenage girls who survived the crash.

Tuesday, A Marshall County grand jury indicted Melandus Penson on two counts of DUI death and three counts of DUI aggravated assault.

This is Penson's seventh DUI incident involving charges since 2008.

The accident on Route 78 killed 17-year-olds Maddie Kruse and Rachel Lynch.

Holden said now is the time for action.

"Let's get this law passed, and get these people off the road," Holden said.

Lawmaker Molly Miller is heading up a committee to help pass new legislation called the 'Briarcrest Law.' The legislation calls for a statewide database to instantly show when a driver is charged with DUI in Mississippi.

"To prevent this from happening to someone in the future is the best we can hope for," Miller added.

Advocates also want the database to look back 15 years into a driver's history.

Penson could face up to 25 years for each count of death and assault.

Meanwhile, Holden said he's pleased with the indictment.

"I don't hate Mr. Penson, but I hate the selfish, irresponsible decision that he made."

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