Man who killed couple in DUI crash has sentence commuted

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Brett Whittaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Before leaving the governor’s office, Matt Bevin commuted the 20-year prison sentence of a man who killed a pastor and his wife in a drunk driving crash.

Court records show in 2010, Brett Whittaker, of Pulaski County, killed John and Lavanda Rowland, of Berea, in a head-on drunk driving crash in Lincoln County.

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Whittaker was on probation at the time for an assault in Madison County, according to court records.

The outgoing governor says he commuted Whittaker’s sentence because the inmate transformed his life in prison and is a new man.