AU coach sentenced in 2014 DUI involving fatalities

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Riley McDermott, the former Anderson University assistant coach involved in a 2014 DUI wreck in which three young people were killed, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. McDermott plead guilty last week to two counts of felony DUI with a death and three counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury. An additional charge of felony DUI with a death was dropped as part of the plea deal.

According to officials, McDermott, 26, was driving drunk on Nov. 8, 2014 when his pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle at Boulevard and Williamston Road in Anderson.

The wreck killed Corey Austin Simmonds, 22, Amber Hope Perkins, 176, and Jessica Ann Roberts, 20. A fourth passenger in the vehicle Cheyenne Perkis, who was 11 at the time, barely survived the wreck.