Greenville, MS— Alvin Robinson, 38, of Hollandale, was sentenced to prison following the entry of his guilty plea on Tuesday, May 30th, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.
Robinson’s indictment for Aggravated DUI resulted from an investigation by the Greenville Police Department that was initiated when an alert and concerned citizen observed the victim, Reginald Hudson, lying in a grassy area on the side of the road in the 1400 block of Highway 82 in Greenville. Officers responded to the location and confirmed that Hudson was deceased. Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division arrived on scene and noticed blunt force traumatic injuries to Hudson’s body. Due to where he was found, their attention turned quickly to the possibility that he was struck by a vehicle.
Investigators canvassed the area and reviewed video surveillance from a nearby business that confirmed that Hudson was hit by a car and that the collision had occurred hours before he was located. The camera captured Hudson walking near the east bound lanes when a vehicle traveling west drifted from the far right west bound lane across the median into the oncoming lanes before fatally striking Hudson. Detectives were able to observe the vehicle’s description on the video and located the vehicle in the area with Robinson passed out in the driver’s seat. The vehicle had significant damage to the front bumper and windshield and a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded multiple open alcoholic beverages. Robinson would register a .09 BAC on an intoxilyzer even hours after the collision.
Robinson appeared in the Circuit Court of Washington County on Tuesday, May 30th, and pled guilty to Aggravated DUI. He was sentenced to the District Attorney’s recommendation of twenty (20) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with twelve (12) of those years to serve, and the remaining eight (8) years suspended so long as he successfully complies with the requirements of his probationary status following his release.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kaylon McCou who stated: “Robinson may not have intended to strike and kill Mr. Reginald Hudson, but he did make a decision to drink and drive and Hudson’s death was unquestionably the direct consequence of Robinson’s choice. It cannot be undone. No amount of years can provide what we all wish for—to return Reginald to his family, but it is our hope that his loved ones can take another step forward in the healing process now that the driver has been held accountable.”
The Office of the District Attorney is thankful for the confidence and patience of the victim’s family and the investigative efforts of the Greenville Police Department Traffic and Criminal Investigation Divisions.