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Jacksonville man has father's killer, Alicia Carmack, put back in prison

4:08 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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  • Carl Harms lost his father in 2007 in fatal auto accident in Mississippi.
  • Photo of James Harm's car after accident
  • Alicia Carmack sentenced to 25 years for DUI causing a death and leaving the scene of an accident, 15 years suspended, got out in 3.8 years.
  • Harms found evidence of her violating terms of probation on Facebook

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man who lost his father almost seven years ago in an automobile accident, has taken steps to put his father's killer back in prison for probation violations.

Carl Harms lost his father James, a 24-year Navy veteran, in April of 2007 in a four vehicle crash on I-10 in Gulfport, Mississppi. He was on his way to see his daughter in Hammond, Louisiana.

The fatal accident was caused by 24-year-old Alicia Carmack. She was sentenced to 25 years for DUI causing a death, and leaving the scene of an accident.

A judge suspended 15 years of that sentence, and she served less than four years before getting out early in December 2012. Soon after that Harms looked her up on the internet, hoping to see her living a better life.

"I wanted to see that her life had changed, that my father's life was worth something," said Harms.

Harms says the conditions of her probation were not using alcohol, staying away from bars and not leaving her home county and Gulfport, Mississippi without permission. What he found on Facebook told a different story over a several month period. He found pictures of Carmack partying and drinking at various clubs, and postings of a trip with friends out of state to Baton Rouge, La.

"Every picture I found, did not want to see them, but every picture I found it was like getting that call all over again, like getting that call over  again, that he was killed. To see that she was disrespecting and dishonoring my father's life, by taking a life and not owning up to it."

Harms sent the photos to Mississippi authorities and several political leaders. Within two hours she was arrested, one year to the day after she got out of prison. Harms said in addition to disrespecting his father, she was disrespecting innocent lives in the community where she lived.

"With her out still doing the same stuff, we are looking at history repeating itself, and she is going to get behind the wheel and kill another person."

Cormack is in jail until at least May of 2014. Harms originally wanted to meet with her in jail before her release, to urge her to go out and speak to others about the dangers of drinking and driving. He says that won't happen now, but hopes she will do something good with her life and turn a bad thing into something good.

Harms has gotten communication from Carmack's mother and friends of hers that have not been at all flattering, one person calling him heartless for turning her in. Harms has not responded.

Now Cormack is back in prison and scheduled for release in May of this year.

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