Oak Ridge man sentenced to 48 years for vehicular homicide, drug charge

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A 29-year-old Oak Ridge man who was convicted in January of vehicular homicide, drug charges and more by a Knox County jury was sentenced on Friday, March 22. 

Ralpheal Cameron Coffey, who was the primary suspect of a May 2016 deadly police chase in Anderson County that resulted in a North Knox County crash that killed two people, was sentenced to 48 years in prison. 

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Coffey was handed down a 48-year sentence, the Office of the District Attorney General says, as “a drug dealer who led officers on a high-speed chase in two counties before running a red light at 70 miles per hour, killing two people.” 

The DA’s office also saying in a press release that Coffey was convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of evading arrest, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine in a drug-free school zone, simple possession, and driving with a revoked license. 

The charge of intending to sell cocaine within a school zone alone carried 30 years of Coffey’s sentence. 

Hon. Judge G. Scott Green sentenced Coffey, telling him and the record his thoughts on his case. 

“The most troubling part of this whole case is, you never cared,” Judge Green said to Coffey at the sentencing. “That’s the only way that this record can be viewed, is that you never cared about the potential carnage in front of you…the only thing you cared about was what was behind you, and those were blue lights.” 

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