March 10, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C.---The South Carolina Supreme Court has unanimously upheld in the convictions of an Aiken County man who gave his three sons alcohol and then let one of them drive his truck.
Michael Batchelor was convicted in 2005 for the 2002 incident. He was
sentenced to 40 years in prison on felony DUI and manslaughter convictions.
His attorney had argued that the convictions should be set aside because Batchelor wasn't behind the wheel when the pickup hit a car.
The 15-year old son who was driving, Ashton, was killed. Two others, Brandon and Drew, died later at a hospital and three more boys were hurt.
Batchelor is serving his sentences at the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia. They're not scheduled to end until 2034, but he
could be eligible for parole in 2026, according to the prison system web site.