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Two sentenced to prison for DUI manslaughter, other charges

Mr. Moody (right) with his attorney at sentencing.When Robert Hewett lost his father at a young age, it was his uncle who filled the void.

“Think about the one person in your life that’s had the most influence on you. That’s who he was to me,” Mr. Hewett told Circuit Judge Mark Moseley minutes before the judge accepted a plea agreement from David Curtis Moody for two counts of vehicular manslaughter the morning of March 26.

In return for his no contest plea, Mr. Moody was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to four years in prison, minus 24 months credit for time served, and 10 years of drug offender probation.

Mr. Hewett’s uncle, Arthur S. Hewett, 61, was killed when the speeding 2009 Pontiac allegedly driven by the defendant crossed the center line on SR 121 south and collided with the victim’s Toyota pickup about 6:15 am on February 2, 2009.

The crash also took the life of Charles C. Sharp of Jacksonville, who was inside the Pontiac and pronounced dead at the scene along with Arthur Hewett.

“He made me the Christian man I am today,” Robert Hewett said of his uncle, a construction supervisor from Lake Butler.

Facing nine counts that included vehicular homicide, DUI, DUI with property damage or injury and careless driving on a suspended license resulting in death or serious injury, Mr. Moody was close to accepting a plea deal last December.

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Martine Jones, 68, day care owner

Martine Sandra Jones, 68, of Jacksonville for most of her life, died  on March 19, 2013 after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church of Maxville, owner and operator of Sandra’s Day Care in Jacksonville and in Maxville. Her love for children prompted her to care for foster children for many years. Her passions in life were gardening, plants, flowers, children and her family.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Charles E. Jones; daughters Donette Rafuse (Jr.), Rita Padgett (Joey), Cindy Smith (Matt), Joy Peterson (Vernon); sister Elsie Devon Cruce (Ray); grandchildren Oscar Rafuse, Lee Rafuse, Cricket Barton, Cookie Griffis, Noah Smith, Bailey Smith, Hannah Peterson, Gunner Peterson; great-grandchildren Tanner and Jozie Rafuse, Jasmine and Zoey Barton; three nieces and two nephews.

The funeral service was held on Monday, March 25 at 2 pm  at Fraser Funeral Home in Jacksonville with Pastor Gene Dillon and Chaplin Reese Edwards officiating. Interment followed at Long Branch Cemetery.

Colson Johns, 76, Friday service

Colson Johns, 76, of Macclenny died on Monday, March 18, 2013. He was the son of the late George and Ruby Gainey Johns and is survived by daughter Jannette Copeland of Sanderson; grandchildren Ronny (Deedra) Dinkins of Glen St. Mary, Jaime Sigers of Macclenny and LaDonna Rhoden of Jacksonville; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson and great-great-granddaughter; special friend Debra Crawford of Macclenny; son-in-law Sammy Berry of Jacksonville.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29 at Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church at 4 pm. The family will receive friends at the church following the service until 6 pm. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

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