HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Henrico judge sentenced a driver for his role in a June 19 crash that killed 23-year-old Melissa Haislip. Jimmy Lee Green Jr., of Selden Street, was sentenced to a total of eight years and three months, for his Aggravated Involuntary Manslaughter and DUI charges.
For the manslaughter charge he was sentenced to 20 years with 12 suspended, and his active license will be suspended. He will have supervised probation for 20 years. For the first DUI offense, he was sentenced to a year, with nine months suspended, and his license suspended for one year.
Green was driving north on Old Osborne Turnpike, when his car entered the southbound lane and struck two other cars, police said.
Haislip, who was driving a Chevrolet Camaro, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Longwood University and Varina High School graduate was returning home from her nursing job at St. Mary’s Hospital at the time of the crash.
During a jailhouse interview, Green admitted he drank alcohol before the crash, but said he was not drunk.
“I think I did drink one or two beers,” he said. “But that wouldn’t have gotten me to a point where I couldn’t drive.”
He said was en route to pick up his fiancee, who is also a nurse. He said he was in a rush to get her and he looked down to find his cell phone just before the crash.
Green is due in court Friday morning so a trial date can be set.