Nashville, TN – The woman who killed a police officer who was trying to prevent her from committing suicide pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide by intoxication on Tuesday.
Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer Eric Mumaw had responded to a call for a suicidal woman on a boat ramp in February of 2017, WZTV reported.
Police said 42-year-old Juli Glisson was sitting in her car at the bottom of the boat ramp, with her foot on the brake, as officers attempted to de-escalate the situation.
WZTV reported that at one point, Glisson asked what would happen if she drove into the water. They told her that they would have to try to save her.
That’s when Glisson put her car in drive, and drove into the freezing water, dragging Officer Mumaw with her vehicle.
Glisson was arrested and originally charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years.
Instead, she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and was sentenced to 12 years, with a guarantee that she would spend at least 30 percent of that time behind bars, The Tennessean reported. She was also forbidden from driving for 10 years.
Glisson, who had two prior DUI convictions, admitted at her sentencing that her blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit when she dragged Officer Mumaw into the river with her car.
Although she was on probation for her 2016 DUI on the night of the incident, Glisson said she’d had seven or eight beers prior to her interaction with the officers, WZTV reported.
"There's no indication, there never has been from the beginning, that this person intended to hurt anybody. In many ways this was a terrible accident," Assistant District Attorney Kyle Anderson said. "She was not intending to kill anybody, but her actions did kill somebody.”
"She took responsibility for that,” Anderson said.
The police department and Officer Mumaw’s family were consulted prior to the plea agreement being made, according to The Tennessean.
"They were all given proper time to digest it and everybody was in agreement that this was the best outcome," said James Smallwood, president of Nashville's Fraternal Order of Police.
"There's a serious mental health issue in this city and in this country ... Hopefully she'll get the help that she needs,” Smallwood said.
At her sentencing, Glisson told the judge she suffered from both PTSD and obsessive compulsive disorder.