Probation For Man In Fatal DUI Accident

A man charged with killing one person and injuring another while under the influence of drugs entered guilty pleas to the charges Tuesday, but will not be headed to prison.

John Wheatly, 27 years-old, was sentenced in Carteret County court to a year of in-patient drug rehabilitation and five years probation in a plea deal. He has already served ten months in jail.

Wheatly's drivers license is permanently revoked, he's subject to random drug testing, and has to perform 48 hours of community service each year for 5 years. If he violates any of the requirements he would face as many as five years in prison.

Rebecca Willis, 19 years-old, was killed and 37 year-old Deborah Dettor was injured in the July 2007 accident.


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  • by RSS Location: CA on Sep 9, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    Every single one of you that has posted on this page has gotten behind the wheel while not being 100%. When you're in an accident that caused a death, whether your blood alcohol content is .02 or .08 and above, the accident will be tied to the alcohol. So even if you have one beer or one glass of wine and drive home (we all know we're totally cognisant at this point) yet we get distracted or bend over to pick up that CD or cell phone...and BAM, you hit someone. Cops show up and there are traces of alcohol in your system...that's it. You're labeled. An accident is not a crime. An accident is an acciddent. This was a tragic event that happened. I'm not saying this is fair or unfair, I'm just trying to make a point that WE HAVE ALL done this...and like someone else on here said, it can happen to ANYONE. "I cannot judge that man, I have never walked in his shoes"...Elvis Presley.
  • by Wow Location: Beaufort on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    For all of you that are so informed mr.Wheatlys plea was ite idea of the families and victims so next time everyone is so wise to the facts learn what is really going on
  • by local Location: mhc on Aug 13, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    i grew up with becky ever since day one. she was my neighbor and one of my best friends for her 20 years on earth. she deserved the best and got what some would consider the worst and i feel like this is a very weak sentence for a man who violated the court after already being punished and everyone is right...a face and a name can get you out of vehicular homicide. we love you and miss you becky.
  • by resident Location: carteret county on Jun 13, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    I don't think anyone in Cateret County expected any different of an outcome than has happened. Everyone that lives in this county knows that the Wheatly's are immune to the law of the land. This is not a surprise to the resident's of this county. One of his relatives (about the same age) got away with the same thing awhile back. It was a very similar case - driving while intoxicated and a young girl ended up dead. That relative got a slap on the wrist also and is now free and wroking in one of the family businesses. The Wheatly's must be very proud of how they have raised their children - yes, that was sarcastic!
  • by Rebeccas Uncle Location: de leon springs fl on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    I posted a comment yesterday that you did not post,is your Daddy the Judge? Cowards are why this stuff happens to good people.
  • by MOM Location: WASHINGTON on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    That just show you how crime pays!!! now everyone can kill someone by dui and know they can get out with no jail time
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    Meanwhile Ms. Willis received the death penalty with no appeal. You'll figure it out.
  • by zoban1 Location: Ar on Jun 10, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    WOW no time for killing someone, unbelievable! To Really? I think what sunshine was trying to say is that the DRUG DEALERS get harsher sentences than this and they sell drugs to people who choose to kill themselves, this poor woman didn't choose to die that day John chose to be reckless and kill her.
  • by someone Location: Raleigh on Jun 10, 2009 at 08:08 PM
    My heart goes out to the Willis family. This sentence is anything but justice! What goes around come around, that is not judgment but reality. His money and fame will not always work for him!
  • by ??? Location: MHC on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    like I said it is who he is. Another guy from the same county is still sitting in jail for the same crime, but this guys relative is also on probation for the smae thing. got to be a Wheatley not to do time. My prayers are with the Willis family
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