Kevin Henderson, the man convicted of murdering a local teenager in a DUI crash in 2016, learned his fate in a Tuscaloosa County Courtroom Thursday.

Nov. 23, 2016, started out like any other fall day for 17-year-old Chase Price. The Hillcrest High School student was on his way home from work the day before Thanksgiving. But he never made it there.

Kevin Henderson, 56, was also traveling on Daffron Road that day.

“He chose to use alcohol and Xanax and drive his car in a speed excess of 100 miles per hour,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Paula Hearing told WVUA 23. “His extreme indifference to the lives of everyone in this community resulted in the death of Chase Price.”

Price’s loved ones wept in court as they told Judge Al May about the young man taken from them.

“If you ever met him, you would remember him,” Price’s mom, Sherry Ferguson, said. “He was great. He was amazing kid. I think one of his friends who had an interview before said he was the life of the party. I guess you could say that. He didn’t meet anyone who didn’t like him, I don’t think ever. ”

“He was just different,” Price’s girlfriend, Baleigh Shinholster, said. “You always laughed. There was never a point in time where he was not joking around. He was full of jokes and full of life,” Shinholster said.

Price’s mother said she feels for Henderson and his family as well.

“I can feel him from an addict point of view,” Ferguson said. “I am an addict myself, recovering. I do know where he is coming from on that, but he could have done like I did and actually gotten help. I understand you relapse. It should not have had to lead to someones death. I don’t want to feel sorry for him, but I can’t help it. That’s just how my heart is. I feel sorry for his family. They have to suffer for the mistake he made. He has kids and a wife. They should not have had to suffer anymore than the next person.”

Henderson was sentenced to a 20-year sentence within the Department of Corrections with a five-year split sentence, which means he will serve five years in prison and then will be placed on probation for the remainder of the 15-year sentence, for a term of 10 years.

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