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5/8/2014 4:23:00 PM
Anderson man sentenced to 8 years in felony DUI case
Brian King
Staff Writer

An Anderson man was sentenced Wednesday in connection with a 2012 felony DUI incident which left the driver of another vehicle seriously injured.

James Randall Shinall, 43, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Circuit Judge Frank Addy after pleading guilty to felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and failure to stop for blue light resulting in great bodily injury. Shinall’s driver’s license will be suspended for three years following his release from prison.

Shinall led S.C. Highway Patrol troopers on a chase on Aug. 14, 2013 down the 72 Bypass. The chase reached speeds of over 90 mph and ended when Shinall’s truck struck a Cadillac crossing Bypass 72 on S.C. 254. The driver of the Cadillac suffered a number of injuries and has had several surgeries as a result of the crash. Shinall spent about a week in the hospital receiving treatment for his injuries he received as a result of the crash before going to the Faith Home, where he has remained since.

Shannon Odom handled the case for the state. Odom told the court Shinall had a blood-alcohol level of .156, nerly twice the legal limit, at the time of the crash. Shinall had a number of alcohol-related charges dating back to 1988, Odom said, and recommended a maximum sentence of 10 years. Shinall was arrested and charged with boating under the influence stemming from an incident which occurred just over a month prior to the crash.

Shinall had a number of people from the Faith Home with him in court. All told Judge Addy that Shinall had changed his life and asked for mercy. Addy acknowledged Shinall’s efforts to become a productive member of society, but pointed to Shinall’s repeated alcohol-related offenses and the severity of the injuries the victim received in the incident as factors for the sentence.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: Judy Harris

These repeat offenders never learn. He should have been in prison years ago. He should have his license revoked for the rest of his life. Most of these judges make it too easy for these repeat offenders. They are back on the streets doing the same thing again. Law enforcement should have never been chasing someone at that high rate of speed on the bypass. That is why the wreck happened.

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Hanke

I am very proud of Randy. Not of his actions that horrible night but of his journey since then. Not once has he ever made excuses nor hoped for anything other than what God chose for his punishment. He is so remorseful and sorry for that night. God bless this friend and the Faith Home. His rehabilitation for life began some time ago and he is quite a man for accepting the consequences of his actions and the past

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014
Article comment by: Amy Young

The FAITH HOME in Greenwood SC has changed the lives of MANY addicts for MANY years and I know this Guy is a changed man and a TRUE MAN of God, and has been saved. I will be praying for him and the others involved in the accident(s). So glad everyone involved are still ALIVE. It could have been worse, a lot worse. I hope the family will find it in their HEARTS to forgive him and he forgive himself also. He is a CHANGED MAN that is no longer an alcoholic or a threat to society. He is now FULL OF FAITH and has GOD in his HEART and SOUL! Faith Home is one of the BEST programs for addicts and they teach THE WORD. I've saw MANY people change by the GRACE OF GOD and FAITH HOME. I hope they don't send this Man to a bad Prison. GOD BLESS

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Kristen Wilson

Yeah he got what he deserved. Then next week the judge will turn a bunch of crackheads loose with a rap sheet two miles long. When u see them lined up at the courthouse grinning from ear to ear they paying 20 bucks a month on a ten thousand dollar fine.

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