The man who pleaded guilty to killing one woman and critically injuring another while driving under the influence in a November 2012 crash near the Highlands has been released from prison.
Judge David Sims ruled in a brief Friday morning that John Hatfield was to be released from prison on two years probation.
According to authorities, when Hatfield was first sentenced on two to ten years, it was with the understanding that if he served two years and came back before the judge requesting to be released, the state would remain silent on the issue.
Officials described Hatfield as a model prisoner with no prior criminal history.
Hatfield was convicted of driving while intoxicated causing death after an accident on McCutcheon Road near the Highlands. According to police, he struck a car driven by Nicole Gray. Gray, who still has memory loss, was in rehab for months. Her passenger, Stephanie Stahl, died as a result of the accident.
Hatfield’s probation will be monitored by the Arkansas Department of Corrections because that is his state of residence. He was in the Ohio Valley working as a pipe-liner when the accident happened.