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Man sentenced in deadly DUI crash of teen

Posted at 2:31 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 00:03:01-05

The victim’s mother says her daughter, Janis Brown, wanted to be a singer or entertainer but she’ll never get a chance.  The convicted spoke to Brown’s mother in Douglas County District Court on Wednesday. 

Tyvinn Smith, 29, is sentenced to 22-25 years in prison for motor vehicle homicide and two other felonies in the death of Brown, 16.  With “Good Time” he's eligible for parole in 11 years.

“It’s just disheartening but hopefully over the next 11-12 years his life will change because he certainly didn’t show that in the courtroom today it seems like he was almost arguing with us,” said Carlotta Vaughan, Brown’s mother.

In June 2016, Brown stopped at the intersection of 90th and Sorenson Parkway with her younger brother and sister in the car when smith rear-ended them at a high speed while drunk.  Brown died, her siblings went to the hospital, and smith fled the scene.

He told her family he was sorry in court.

“I’m wrong I did wrong I drove that car period.  I never said I wasn’t under the influence. I said I didn’t use drugs that day but I was drinking. But anyway I’m wrong, that baby lost her life,” Smith explained.

 Smith will be released in 12 ½ years.  When that happens he will have his license revoked for 15 years.