Malen Mitchell

A Floyd County man who was convicted in 2012 for manslaughter caused by DUI was recently sentenced in another DUI case. 

In 2012, Malen Mitchell Jr., 45, of Ligon, was sentenced to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter and other charges in a case that stemmed from a 2011 wreck in Beaver that caused the death of 22-year-old Tiffany Adams Blankenship. 

Officials reported that in July 2011, Mitchell was driving under the influence and crossed the center line on Ky. 979, hitting a car driving by Judy Blankenship, causing her to cross into another lane and hit another car driven by Jennifer Newsome of Wheelwright.

Tiffany Adams Blankenship, 22, a passenger in Blankenship’s car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Mitchell did not serve the full 10 years he received in 2012. 

In February, he was arrested following a single vehicle crash on Ky. 979, Floyd County District Court records show. 

Kentucky State Police Trooper M. Branham reported in the citation that a witness saw Mitchell climb out of the vehicle after the crash, which occurred near Tackett Fork. Mitchell allegedly had slurred speech and failed field sobriety tests, Branham reported. 

Michell was indicted in May on a felony charge of driving under the influence, fourth offense or greater, for being a second-degree persistent felony offender and several traffic violations.

He was sentenced in that case on Oct. 31 in Floyd Circuit Court, court records show. In exchange for a guilty plea, Mitchell received a five-year sentence for the felony DUI charge. 

He is currently housed at the Pike County Detention Center. He will be eligible for parole in March 2020, the Kentucky Online Offender database reports.

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