York man pleads in triple fatality

YORK -- A York man was sentenced to six years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to his role in a wreck that killed his brother, cousin and his cousin's girlfriend.

Kevin Leon Loggins, 29, of 1010 Gemstone Drive pleaded guilty to three counts of felony driving under the influence stemming from the Nov. 17, 2007, single-vehicle wreck.

On Friday, Judge Michael Nettles of Florence handed down the six-year prison sentence without parole. Loggins also received a $10,100 fine.

"We are very pleased because that sentence will allow him to return to his family and get his life back," 16th Circuit public defender Harry Dest said after court.

Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said Loggins could have faced up to 25 years.

"I was hoping that the sentence would be more severe given the fact that three people were killed," Brackett said after court. "I was disappointed."

The sentence and fine stem from a wreck that happened minutes before midnight. Loggins and four passengers left the Cotton Gin, a York restaurant, and traveled in a sport utility vehicle along S.C. 5, according to documents from the S.C. Highway Patrol.

"He was going 98 mph," Brackett said. "He cut over into the other lane and lost control of his vehicle."

All of the passengers were ejected. The wreck claimed the lives of Jimmy Leon Loggins, 23, of York; Trinity Marvin Kimble, 31, of York; and Natalie Nicole Brown, 28, of Gastonia, N.C.

Loggins, the father of 8-year-old twin sons and a 6-year-old daughter, and his wife were flown to a Charlotte hospital, where Loggins' blood alcohol level was .114, Brackett and Dest said.

Meanwhile, officials found four large liquor bottles on the ground near the wreckage, as well as three empty beer bottles and a marijuana pipe, Brackett said.

Highway Patrol documents state that the SUV struck a fence, bushes and other landscaping before overturning. The SUV traveled 500 feet from the initial skid mark until it stopped moving, Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson said.

"That's an incredible amount of space," Thompson said.

Dest said Loggins daily thinks about the consequences of his actions. Yet, his passengers expected him to be their designated driver, Brackett said.

"He's ruined three other people's lives," Thompson said. "It's an unspeakable pain."

Loggins remained in custody Friday night at York County Detention Center.