Singleton pleads guilty and sentenced to 5 years probation
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – After nearly 3 years of delay, an Arkansas woman charged in the hit and run death of D’Shante Nix of Starkville has her day in court. Haley Singleton pleaded guilty today to Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death. The plea comes nearly 4 years after Nix’s death. On September 25th, 2017 D’shante Nix was riding his bicycle on Old Highway 25, when he was hit by a vehicle near Poorhouse Road. That driver stopped to help, but a second car, driven by Singleton ran over Nix and left the scene. She was arrested a few days later. D’Shante Nix’s mother and family requested that Singleton not be given jail time. Judge Lee Coleman sentenced her to 5 years probation. “It’s been up and down. We have good days and bad days. I don’t know how she feels. I never lost a child. To see her hurt, and to see her go through these last 4 years has been very hurtful. To know now that something is been done, and we can move forward, so her and her children can begin healing,” said Katina O’neal, Nix’s aunt. “God forgives us, so why can’t we forgive her. We do accept her plea…My sister is okay with that. We are just moving forward from there.” Singleton was supposed to stand trial in 20-18, but that trial was delayed.