Charleston man receives 6 years for fatal wreck that killed Summerton man

by | February 12, 2017 4:02 pm

A Charleston man charged nearly two years ago with the drunk driving death of a Summerton man will serve six years in prison after pleading guilty last week.
Jacob Patrick Ham of 1917 Swift Ave. in Charleston pleaded guilty Thursday to felony driving under the influence where death results before Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Cooper at the Clarendon County Courthouse, receiving a sentence of 10 years in prison, suspended to six years in prison and two years’ probation.
Ham was 23 when he was charged July 19 after a late-evening wreck on Lake Marion Shores Road in Summerton resulted in the death of 68-year-old Richard Allen Moye.
According to reports from the S.C. Highway Patrol, Ham was driving his 2007 GMC pickup truck while under the influence of alcohol about 7:45 p.m. July 19, when he crossed the center lane and struck the motorcycle on which Moye was riding.
Ham had remained at the Clarendon County Detention Center since his arrest more than a year ago, and will receive credit for time-served.
According to a State Law Enforcement Division Records Check, Ham was out on a personal recognizance bond at the time of the wreck from a March 2015 arrest for driving under the influence less than .10, first offense. That charge is still listed as pending.

comments » 6

  1. Comment by Tim Hinson

    February 12, 2017 at 16:43

    So a man’s life is worth 6 years? That is not justice.

  2. Comment by chicken man

    February 12, 2017 at 19:57

    Thank you Tim.

  3. Comment by chicken man

    February 12, 2017 at 20:02

    Where is m.a.d.d.

  4. Comment by Justice

    February 12, 2017 at 20:23

    He’s white that’s why

  5. Comment by Meshelle knight

    February 13, 2017 at 11:42

    REALLY 6 YEARS THAT ALL MR. MOYE LIFE WAS WORTH? SMDH

  6. Comment by Taw Caw

    February 14, 2017 at 11:03

    The death of Mr. Moye is tragic and no amount of time could bring him back.

    This young man made a very bad mistake; I am sure the guilt he lives with is unbearable.

    I think 6 years is plenty of time for him to serve, and hopefully when he gets out he will make an impact on other people so they don’t make the same mistake.


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