A Mississippi truck driver who smoked crack cocaine before a crash that killed a mother and her four children has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

A Mississippi truck driver who smoked crack cocaine before a crash that killed a mother and her four children has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Roy Lee Jordan, 58, of Benton, Miss., pleaded guilty Wednesday to five counts of negligent homicide stemming from the July 14, 2007, crash on U.S. 425 near Pine Bluff. His 18-wheeler slammed into LaKetria Wells' car, killing her and children LaKiyah Wells, Kaleb Jarrell Stokes, Keyshon Wells and LaKayla Wells.
Jordan pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge during the hearing in Jefferson County Circuit Court. He also pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia after Arkansas Highway Patrol officers found a crack pipe and a spoon with cocaine residue in his truck.
"I guess I blacked out because when I came to, I had crossed the center line and hit the car head on," Jordan said during the hearing, according to the Pine Bluff Commercial.
A witness told investigators that, about an hour before the crash, the big rig was parked on the side of the highway and Jordan was slumped over the steering wheel, asleep. Another witness told police that before the accident, the truck driver appeared to be struggling to stay awake and was lurching across lanes on the four-lane but undivided highway.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kyle Hunter said Jordan would have to serve a third of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
After the hearing, family members wept openly in the courtroom. James Wells, Wells' father, said he would miss out on a lifetime of birthdays, holidays and first days of school for his dead grandchildren.
"He took it all away and all he got to say is I'm sorry," Wells told Little Rock television station KLRT. "Somehow that didn't do it for me.
"My point of view is justice will never be served — taking 5 lives. But that's only man's sentence. He'll have to deal with God later."