Family Outraged After Officer Sentenced To Only 6 Months In Jail

Family Outraged After Officer Sentenced To Only 6 Months In Jail

A former Memphis police officer will spend six months in jail for causing a crash that killed two people.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A former Memphis police officer will spend six months in jail for causing a crash that killed two people.

Former MPD rookie cop Alex Beard pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide and aggravated assault.

Investigators said Beard was traveling more than 90 miles per hour without lights or siren when he slammed into a family's car.

The accident happened in August 2012.

Delores Epps and her 13-year-old daughter were killed.

The state prosecutor said this is the best deal they could do. Since Alex Beard had no priors and there is a statue that protects law enforcement, that's the maximum he could get...6 months in jail. The victims' family says there's no justice in this case.

"This is a slap in my face! This man killed my whole entire family and they're going to let him walk out of this courtroom and go home," Michael Ross said.

Ross is the fiancé of the woman killed and father of the girl killed.

"This is wrong. This is no kind of justice. this is injustice." Ross said.

The victims' families were in disbelief, after hearing details of the plea deal.

"He will just have to do 6 months for killing 2 people. I don't understand it. I just can't see it as being fair, not at all," friend Sherry Farmer said.

Former Memphis cop Alex Beard crashed his squad car at the intersection of East Crump Boulevard and Walnut Street. Prosecutors said 5 seconds prior to impact, he was driving 94 miles per hour. The state concluded he was speeding without his police lights or sirens on. He ran a red light and slammed into the car carrying 13-year-old Mackayla Ross and her parents Dolores Epps and Michael Ross. Her dad was the only survivor.

"This man killed my whole entire family! He destroyed my eye sight, I'm messed up. I'm ruined for life and this man is walking out and going home to his family? That's a bunch of crock," Ross said.


Beard agreed to plead guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated assault. The victims' family was hoping he would get life in prison.

"Under the law i think this was the best resolution we could reach," prosecutor Billy Boys said.

"This is not something that Mr. Beard was used to being involved in. He was a person who dedicated his early age of 24 of life to fight crime not to commit crime," defense attorney Leslie Ballin said. .

Alex Beard will report to court next Tuesday, then be escorted to jail to begin serving his 6 months. After jail, he will be on 6 years probation.
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