September 29, 2023
Marilyn Hamilton

A decide has dominated on a movement for early launch for an imprisoned Villager convicted of hitting two bicyclists along with her Mercedes and leaving them crumpled on the roadway.

Marilyn Hamilton, 91, is serving a five-year jail sentence on the Lowell Correctional Heart in Marion County. Her launch date is 2027.

Hamilton was behind the wheel of a white Mercedes on Oct. 30, 2020, when she struck Village of Dunedin residents Jessica Laube and Robert Hunter whereas they had been pedaling on Morse Boulevard close to Bonita Boulevard.

Earlier this month, Hamilton filed a movement searching for an early launch from jail. She was sentenced in December.

Nonetheless, Choose Mary Hatcher has dominated the courtroom doesn’t have the jurisdiction to change Hamilton’s sentence and has dismissed the movement.

“Modification of a authorized sentence can solely be completed inside 60 days after the imposition of the sentence,” Hatcher wrote in response to the movement.

In that very same movement, Hamilton additionally complained of lodging on the girls’s jail and requested for reassignment to a dorm with extra privileges. That may be a matter for the Florida Division of Corrections.

Laube, a health fanatic who taught yoga, bore the brunt of the influence from Hamilton’s Mercedes. Laube suffered 17 damaged ribs, a collapsed lung, a paralyzed vocal chord, damaged arm, damaged wrist, torn finger tendons and ligaments and mind accidents.

Witnesses instructed the Florida Freeway Patrol that Hamilton obtained out of her automobile, noticed the husband and spouse injured and mendacity on the street, obtained again into her automobile and drove away. The Mercedes was later recovered at a dealership in Gainesville, the place it was being repaired.

Hamilton had requested that she be “remanded to the custody” of her daughter. Hamilton stated she needed “to spend the final of my remaining years with my household.”

Whereas delivering Hamilton’s five-year jail sentence in December in Sumter County Court docket, Choose Don Briggs emphasised that Hamilton’s greatest authorized drawback wasn’t the crash itself, however the truth she left the scene.

Earlier this yr, Hamilton bought her house at 3025 Twisted Oak Manner within the Village of Fernandina for $470,000. She and her husband bought the house in 2012 for $244,300.