Staff photo by Tommy Millsaps
What's this? Sweetwater High student Katie Beth Watts is in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs
after a drunk driving wreck? Watts was only playing the role of a drunk driver in a mock trial to
help educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving. Watts is an outstanding student, a
valedictorian and was honored at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet as SHS's Student of the
|Published: 4:05 PM, 04/22/2013
||Last updated: 4:34 PM, 04/22/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
high-achieving Sweetwater High student was convicted last week on vehicular homicide and other
charges after killing two fellow students and injuring several others in an after-prom accident on
New Highway 68.
Katie Beth Watts, an SHS valedictorian who had
hopes to be a doctor some day, was sentenced to 8 years in jail and then fined $20,000 after after
being found guilty on all charges when the jury learned Watts had been drinking alcohol at a party
before the wreck.
Two of her fellow students were killed in the
other car Watts hit head on and the friends in her car were injured, including fellow senior Kellie
Collins, who had her soccer career ruined when she was paralyzed from the wreck.
"My life as been altered," Collins testified from her wheelchair.
But wait, Watts did not really do all those terrible things. She was
merely playing a role during a prom safety program at the school on Thursday.
See full story in the Sunday, April 21, edition
of The Advocate & Democrat.
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