Former TV News Anchor Out Of North Carolina Prison

A former television news anchor has been released from prison, two years after a fatal drunken driving accident in North Carolina.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that a prison official said former WXII-TV reporter and anchor Tolly Carr was released from a state prison in McLeansville around 1 a.m. Monday.

Prosecutors alleged that Carr's blood alcohol level was two to three times the legal limit for driving when he lost control of his pickup in March 2007 and struck 26-year-old Casey Bokhoven, who was walking near a construction zone. A passenger in Carr's vehicle was injured.

Carr pleaded guilty to felony death by vehicle and other charges in August 2007, and must begin paying restitution next May. Both Carr and Bokhoven's family declined the newspaper's request for interviews.


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  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    It just proves that if the man in Martin County had got drunk and ran over his wife he would be facing 2 years and not life. IT IS ALL ABOUT HOW YOU GO ABOUT KILLING SOMEONE THAT COUNTS!
  • by Geez on May 20, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    To anon in wallace, in death we don't get second chances but this person, whether a news anchor or a ditch digger, will not set an example by staying in prison. "Maybe" he will be able to use his celebrity to make people understand that drinking and driving just do not mix.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on May 20, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    So the 26 year old that died, their life is worth 2 years?????
  • by anon Location: wallace on May 20, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    TO SAM, what does the person he killed get? a second chance? what will their family have to replace a loved one, a bigger bank account!!! try sitting that in the recliner at home and talk and spend time with.2 years is not enough.it should be more and then people will hopefully think more than twice about driving drunk!!
  • by Bring Punishment Back Location: USA on May 20, 2009 at 04:30 AM
    This is truly the cover story of what the American Justice System has become. Kill someone, no matter the drunk part, and in a few years you will get out. This is whats wrong with the world now. No fear of the punishment by the guilty predators. Change the punishment, change the criminal.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on May 19, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    Does his past profession matter? Does one's job make a difference in punishment and release? Why has this story made the news? Yes, I believe in 2nd chances. I hope that the death was not in vain. I hope that he can rehabilitate others not to make "poor choices and drink behind the wheel." I truly wish him Godspeed in recovery and healing for him and others that were involved in this senseless pain.
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on May 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    I'm just wondering if it happens again even if he doesn't kill someone but gets a DUI or DWI what will happen then. In my eyes 2 years is not enough. I've lost friends due to drunk drivers and they didn't get a second chance. I'm sure he had no intentions of getting that drunk but better judgement should of been made. Their is no price on anyone's life but 2 years in prison? I'm sure the victim's family is still hurting over this and just knowing this person is out already doesn't make the wounds heal.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 19, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    Well maybe that news anchor has learned his lesson. 2 years in prison would be too much for me to deal with, heck 2 MINUTES is too much time for me to deal with. I hope that guy has learned his lesson and feel like that he has. I feel like he has ruined his career by that, but like they all say, everyone does deserve a second chance. If Michael Vick's intention was to kill some dogs and he gets out and gets another chance, then this man deserves another chance as well.
  • by What? Location: Greenville on May 19, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    2 years? That is outrageous. Is that all a persons life is worth these days?
  • by Shhh Location: DOC on May 19, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    Hmm, did his time at one of the cushiest prisons in NC, served just over a year before he started receiving weekend home leaves. Yeah, he was pampered a bit. He is on Post Release which means if he fails to abid by the terms of his release he could be returned to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.
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