Melbourne man sentenced in DUI manslaughter of UCF student

Caroline Glenn
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Bill and Lacey DeMott lost their daughter to a drunk driver in October. Keri Anne DeMott was a third-semester sociology student at UCF.

Keith Pumphrey of Melbourne was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday, six months after the head-on collision that killed 20-year-old UCF student Keri Anne DeMott.

A multiple DUI offender, Pumphrey was found guilty on three charges, including DUI manslaughter, according to Brevard court records. The 22-year-old was previously charged with careless driving in March 2015, Orange County court records show.

Pumphrey drove head on into DeMott's 2001 Honda CR-V when he swerved into the westbound lanes of State Road 407 near Titusville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash occurred Oct. 10 at 12:30 a.m.

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Pumphrey was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne in critical condition, while DeMott, a sociology major in her third semester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

As part of his sentencing, Pumphrey, who had a blood alcohol level of .132 the night of the accident, must donate to a charity of the DeMott family's choice every year on Keri's birthday.More than 80 attended the April 22 sentencing, a video produced by the UCF Police Department states. UCF Police officer Frank Imparato said there wasn't a dry eye inside the Historic Titusville Courthouse.

"And while there's no sentence that makes sense, the judge made it perfectly clear that on this day Keri Anne DeMott matters," Keri's father, Bill DeMott, said in the video.

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