Judge sentences 'huffer' after deadly crash

Julie Melton Mason appears in court. (Source: WYFF)
Julie Melton Mason appears in court. (Source: WYFF)

PICKENS COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A 46-year-old Marietta woman pleaded guilty Thursday in a DUI crash that killed a social worker and a 10-year-old girl in 2011.

Julie Melton Mason pleaded guilty to two counts of felony DUI resulting in death and two counts of felony DUI involving great bodily injury. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The wreck on Pumpkintown Highway in Pickens on March 4, 2011, killed Department of Social Services worker Chrystal Nicole Harrison, 36, and Raven Alania Stancell, 10, a child who was in DSS custody.

Raven's 15- and 17-year-old brothers were injured in the crash.

Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said, "(Mason) was huffing keyboard cleaner while she was driving. As a result, the accident occurred. A 20-year sentence on a felony DUI is one of the highest sentenced I've ever seen for this type of case. So we're certainly satisfied with the sentenced that she received today."

Mason was released from jail on $80,000 bond, and then failed to show up for a court appearance earlier this summer.

Mason was later caught by authorities in Ohio and returned to South Carolina on a fugitive warrant.

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