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Plea Bargain Offered To Ron Killings

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The former Rutherford County Sheriff's sergeant charged in the death of a little girl was in court Monday for a discussion hearing.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are discussing plans for a possible trial.

The special prosecutor offered him a plea bargain on Monday, and the family of Lakeisha White was upset about that.

A grand jury indicted Ron Killings on criminal negligence homicide after police said he hit and killed 11-year-old Lakeisha White.

Rose Collier wondered if she will see justice for her goddaughter Lakeisha White.

"I just think the message sent is that law enforcement can get away with stuff," said Collier.

Lakeisha died this past summer on Bradyville Pike.

"It chokes me up because Lakeisha was a sweetheart," said Collier.

Witnesses accused Killings of speeding and disposing of two bottles of premixed margaritas after the incident. The blood tests came back negative.

Killings was not drunk, but a grand jury did indict him on three other serious felony charges.

Prosecutors have offered him a plea deal that included one year for criminally negligent homicide, three years for tampering with evidence and two years for making false statements to police.

The plea bargain totals six years, but likely only one to three years would be served with good behavior.

"Justice will be served as far as him being found guilty," said Collier.

Collier said she was not happy with the plea deal or that prosecutor Joe Baugh didn't run it by the family first.

"I think the whole family would have like to be a least considered - told what he might do," said Collier.

The godmother does not think the proposed punishment fits the crime and wondered if Killings was getting special treatment because he was a former sheriff's deputy.

"The good old boy system - if you're a cop you can get away with it. But being a taxpayer, I'm going to jail and do time," said Collier.

Killings and his lawyers plan to take this case to court and expect he will be found not guilty.

If the plea deal is not accepted, Killings will likely go to trial late this summer or early fall.

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