Man Sentenced to Multiple Twenty Year Sentences for DUI Death of Betty Simmons

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Bubba Bramlett, Jr. announced today that Harrison Neal Little pled guilty to one count of Driving Under the Influence resulting in Death and one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in Death in front of Judge Dewey Arthur. Judge Arthur sentenced Little to twenty (20) years for each count, with those sentences running concurrently.

On June 10, 2020, officers with the Madison Police Department responded to a crash at the intersection of Highway 51 and Hoy Rd in the city of Madison. Ms. Betty Simmons was on her way to work at the Kroger on Highway 51 in Madison when she was rear-ended by Little. MPD determined that Little was both speeding and over the legal limit for alcohol at the time of the accident. Ms. Simmons passed away from her injuries sustained in the wreck.

At the sentencing hearing, Simmons’ family spoke of what a kind and caring mother and grandmother she was. Little apologized to the family and took complete responsibility for his actions.

District Attorney Bramlett stated, “This man made an awful and reckless decision to drive drunk. That decision took the life of an innocent woman trying to go to work and forever changed the lives of Ms. Simmons’s entire family. We are thankful for the Madison Police Department for their investigation. We continue to pray for Ms. Simmons’s family.”

Defendant:
Name: Harrison Neal Little
DOB: 04/09/1991