COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The man convicted in a 2013 deadly crash that claimed the life of a 15-year-old White Knoll High School student will remain behind bars after the state’s parole board denied his release.
In 2015, Michael Gray pleaded guilty to reckless homicide after initially being charged with felony DUI with death and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Gray was convicted of crossing the center line on Old Barnwell Road in Lexington on the morning of Dec. 6, 2013.
In doing so, he hit 15-year-old Brandon Mayo head-on, killing Mayo.
Gray admitted to investigators that he took several prescription medications the morning of the crash before getting behind the wheel.
At Wednesday’s parole hearing, Gray waived his right to appear and did not have an attorney attend to represent him. Instead, members of Mayo’s family spoke to the board, urging them to deny his possibility at parole.
“Michael Gray has never shown any remorse for killing our son,” Travis Mayo, Brandon’s father, said. “At the time our son was lying dead in his car, the only concern Michael Gray showed was for his totaled vehicle. That is someone with a dark soul and no regard for others.”
Lance Corporal David Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol was in the area the morning of the crash and arrived on scene seconds after the crash.
“It’s heart-wrenching when I drive by that scene and all I can think about is a 15-year old boy who ultimately died with me by his side and not his parents and I think back to the screams I hear with the Mayo’s running up to the scene witnessing what’s probably the worst thing of their life,” Jones said.Jones said he interviewed Gray on the scene and provided him a chair to sit in as officials secured the scene.
“He showed absolutely no remorse and when I turned around he was asleep in the chair,” Jones said.
Holidays, vacations and birthdays were once treasured traditions. Now, they’re dreaded occasions.
“Ever since that day, life has been a living hell for our family,” Mayo said. “Thoughts of suicide has forced my wife and me to depend on depression medication just to make it day by day.”
According to state statute, Gray will be eligible for extended supervision in May of 2019. If he is approved and abides by all of the necessary conditions, his sentence will end in November of 2019 after serving around three and a half years in prison.