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.