HAZARD — A Perry County jury found Bobby Snell guilty of reckless homicide in the death of 18-year-old Caitlin Simpkins. Snell was the driver of the vehicle during the single-vehicle accident that killed Simpkins back in October.
Snell, 22, of Hazard was also found guilty of fourth-degree assault with reckless conduct, two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
He was found not guilty of murder, second-degree manslaughter, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault with wanton conduct.
In October, Kentucky State Police (KSP) responded to an accident that occurred on the old Hwy. 80 in Avawam.
Upon arriving on the scene KSP found a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Balzer on its top.
Simpkins had been ejected from the vehicle.
Two other passengers were injured in the crash with non-life threatening injuries.
Simpkins was taken to Hazard ARH were she would later succumb to her wounds from the accident.
Snell was arrested by KSP and transported to Kentucky River Regional Jail (KRRJ) where he was lodged in.
He was indicted in December on one count of murder, two counts of second-degree assault. one count of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
The jury recommended a five year sentence for the reckless homicide verdict.
They also recommended 12 months each for the two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment, 12 months for fourt-degree assault, and 30 days and a $500 fine for operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
Snell is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.