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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

HOLLY HEMBREE


Holly Hembree- this name and this face will forever been ingrained in my mind. Even today I am still at such a great loss for words. I just can't express all the emotions that are churning in my head. This is the woman who has changed our lives forever. This is the mother, who on a Monday night should have been at home with her two young children instead of at the bar partying. This is the woman who hit a car and then ran up on a sidewalk and ran over two grown people and says she didn't know she hit anything. She has changed her story so many times.
Yesterday we went to court for her plea bargin. The state had agreed to drop the two charges of leaving the scene, which to me is just absurd. She LEFT THE SCENE. How can that part even be dropped? But they dropped it and charged her with two counts of reckless homicide. She will serve 7 years for the one death and will do 5 years probation for the second death. Most likely in this state she will only serve about 3 years of that sentence.
We were so shocked to hear her long- very long list of driving offences and accidents. I can't believe she could even afford car insurance. That fact that her bar tab showed she purchased 7 shots at 5:30 am and then killed them around an hour later did not seem to stir the judge. The judge said he sees stuff like this all the time. He said that this incident DID NOT warrant the maximum sentence!! Holly asked our family for a second chance! What second change did she give Bill and Ruth by leaving the scene? The bodies were not found for 45 min to an hour later and Ruth was still breathing. If she would have stayed who know if the outcome would be different. We are all just so upset by the injustice of this whole thing. What does this teach my boys? That you can be reckless and drive drunk and kill some one and maybe you can even get away with it with just a slap on the wrist. I know I am rambling.....I just can't get my thoughts organized right now......I am sorry.
You can click here or here or here to read some more of the local coverage. Even the news media got some of the facts wrong, but what do you do? You can also see that so many people in the community have posted comments and agree that justice was not served.
I can't think straight right now but I did want to update you all. Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers.

20 comments:

Frogdancer said...

i was really afraid that something like this would happen.

I'm so sorry.

Pear tree cottage! said...

I just wonder how sad her life must be before now and always. I too am so sorry!

Lee-ann

Jessie Ann said...

ive been following this as well, i don't know you but the story disgusted me. Fell asleep? Please.
How were you related to Bill and Ruth? (Just curious, it doesn't diminish your pain at all... even if you were just casual friends). She will eventually pay for what she did, just not by the courts.

- Jessica

Sondra said...

Jessie Ann- the four boys you see on my side bar are all Careys. Bill and Ruth were their grandpartents. You can go back to my previous posting from last year to read more about this story too.

Sondra said...

Also Jessie, nothing was ever said in court about her 'falling asleep'. I believe she changed that part of the story early on.

jennifer said...

Sondra I'm so sorry how this has hurt your family. I didn't realize that Ruth was still breathing when they found her (I remember this story from a while back though).

Prayers for all of you.

Jessie Ann said...

Sondra - I didn't know she changed that part... sorry.
I tried going back but couldn't find the exact post.
Thank you for the answers though.

Sharon said...

Oh Sondra, this is just terrible news. I am so sorry about this. It is absolutely CRAZY! Why is the bartender in trouble for serving her that many shots and also serving alcohol at that time in the morning after she had probably been there drinking all night. It's just crazy. I am so thankful to know that they went to heaven and are out of pain. God will work in Holly's life the way He sees fit. Just remember, even if here on earth justice is not done, God's justice will always prevail.

Love, Sharon

Sharon said...

Oops, I meant why is the bartender NOT in trouble.

Anonymous said...

No one can even possibly begin to understand or feel the way some things can affect another peson in our lives and for anyone to be able to just automatically assume the way things should be just because that is how they feel it should be is utterly and indefensively wrong. For anyone who does not know Holly Hembree......here you go. She has been nothing but a mother and a wife since she was seventeen years old. She has four beautiful children and would die for them as well as anyone else that she allowed to come in to her life. She loved and was faithful to a man who beat her her whole life. But still she stayed. She worked three jobs to take care of her children and give them the life they needed to have. On that fateful night, she was not out partying. she had left her second job and was taking another coworker home after work. it dark and rainy at 6:30 in the morning. Even the officer who first arrived on the scene stated that he did not see where the accident had happened. As for MY SISTER!!!!! She did not even know that anything had happened until later on in the SAME DAY she was driving down the SAME ROAD in the SAME VEHICLE, when a cop pulled her over and explained that the piece of headlight they had matched her vehicle. That was when she found out that she had killed two people. So before you go and judge or condemn my sister for an accident, remember that it could have happened to you. I do not deny that this is a tragedy, and my heart truly goes out to the victims and their family. they all will forever be in my prayers. But life is in the hands of God. So leave the judging to Him.

Anonymous said...

Yes let god do the judging. On this earth in this court system your sister got a shorter sentence then she deserved because of motive but just wait until she is judged on her actions not whether or not she meant to do what she did. I am the voice of MY family who lost the greatest mother father grandfather and grandmother in this world I hope you never see your sister again I only wish you could see how we feel every day but back to my point I can't wait until god judges your sister

Anonymous said...

i just want to say that my im sorry for your loss. when i seen the picture of these people it reminds me of my parents. and i can even begin to understand how bad it would hurt to lose them. i am very sorry that you had to go through this and i understand your anger. i had a man that i really cared about get killed. he got shot in the head. it was a very tramatic time for me so i could only imagine losing my parents.
i was very mad at the people who took his life, but one day while at church i learned that forgivness is not for the other person, it is for yourself. i decided that i was going to try to forgive them. it was a very hard thing to do at first. i thought at times that i would never be able to fully forgive them, after all they took someones life. that is way past the normal thhings that the preacher meant when he said to forgive people. then one day i read a story about a woman who forgave the man who shot her son and killed him, and i realized that it was possible. i wrote a few letters to them but they never responded. i decided that they didnt want my forgiveness. then one day i came home and i had a letter from jail. i opened it and i read it. "he said that he waas sorry. he said that he didnt want to write back because he didnt know what to say. he said that on the night of the shooting he didnt think about the consequences and the family that this man had left behind. he said that the the since he has been in jail there hasnt been one day that he hasnt thought aboout how the man he killed had a family and all the people he left behind all because he wanted to be cool. he said that he lives with the decision every day and that when he gets out of jail that the guilt would not end then." it was then that i became easier for me to forgive him because i knew that i wasnt the only one hurt by this, and that forgiving doesnt mean forgetting. i am not saying that i have forgotten what holly did, nor will i ever take up for her. she is my birth mom and i am 18 years old. i think that what she did was wrong, but i forgive her for everything she has done. even the fact that she hasnt been in my life but a couple brief periods since i was born. i think that if i can forgive, i know that you mmust have the strength to. i want you to know that i am sorry for her actions and that if there is anything i can do to make things better i am here for you. my email is jordyn_kelly@yahoo.com. you can email me and i am here to talk if you ever need someone to talk to. i recently visited holly and she mostly talked about how bad she felt for takeing them from you. if god can give his only son, to forgive us for our sins. i think that we should all forgive. not for the other person but for ourselves. -jordyn kelly

Anonymous said...

It is very interesting that the sister says that she worked so hard and was dedicated to her children, yet in the post above..her own daughter said that she was only in her life for a few brief periods of time in 18 years. Seems the truth will never really come out about what kind of person she really is.

Anonymous said...

she was a mother at 15. she gave her daughter up to a family who could care for her, that's why she wasn't in her life. her new family did not want an open adoption scenario, so until she came of age and could decide for herself we respected that.

Anonymous said...

Holly is free now, but we are still not free of our pain. She was released on the day that my youngest son turned 18. I can't express how this still affects our family every day even after all these years. Never once has Holly tried to reach out to our family, to explain, to apologize, or to show any form of sympathy. I wonder how she lives with herself. I wonder how she can even sleep at night....Sondra

Anonymous said...

Yes Holly was only in her daughter Jordyn's life a couple of brief periods. And why is that? Because Holly was young when she got pregnant with Jordyn and Jordyn's father was older and in and out of jail most his life. The father's mother began making threats to take Jordyn from Holly and the father was making threats to Holly in general. Holly went to the family that raised Jordyn and told them that she wanted Jordyn to have a good life, so they adopted her. As for the brief periods, I myself tried to visit Jordyn where she was and not only was I able to see her just once, but when I returned the next time, the family had moved with not even a hint of letting anyone know it was happening. And this wasnt just some family, this was a family tha we grew up going to church with. A family that liced not even ten minutes away from us. So to you Jordyn, if you want to go casting stones at your MOTHER please be informed correctly before you do

Scorned papa said...

So she loved and was beaten by A man her whole life.. That's bullshit.. Your dad beat her and you.. Don't get me started I Know the facts of everything that happened that night, the drunk in the back seat.. I could go on.. If I need too.. Have been thinking of doing it lately because she wants to play games with my kids who I took care of.. There are some things that might call for a new trial.. So April let me know I think she got off way to easy, most ppl would still be in there.. No statue in this case

Scorned papa said...

So she loved and was beaten by A man her whole life.. That's bullshit.. Your dad beat her and you.. Don't get me started I Know the facts of everything that happened that night, the drunk in the back seat.. I could go on.. If I need too.. Have been thinking of doing it lately because she wants to play games with my kids who I took care of.. There are some things that might call for a new trial.. So April let me know I think she got off way to easy, most ppl would still be in there.. No statue in this case

Scorned papa said...

That sorry Bitch hit a Honda tore the clip off the front of it ran up on the sidewalk blew a tire hit two ppl who were thrown 30 foot into shrubs next too the house..Drove from Parker rd.to Dacusville on a flat tire,but dont remember anyrhing..Bet she remembers calling her friends the next day to come change the tire and clean the brain matter and blood off the jeep..Don't make me out to be some bad father we were separated and she was out whore hopping..And you her sister what kind of person are you,you've been caught for adultery 2 times in both marriages also screwed the next door neighbor who was 18 and you were 35..There's so much more to this,my own Sister was at my house when she got there and witnessed all of it,the guy with her also..She gets out of prison and gets mad cause I moved on and took off with my kids to Columbia causing me to have to fight her SORRY ASS..They should have gave her the 40 years that was on the table..

Sondra said...

I wish she would have gotten 40 years! This nightmare never goes away for us :/