Man gets 10 years in daughter’s death

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 10, 2011

Judge Ashley McKathan this week sentenced an Andalusia man was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the traffic accident that killed his pregnant daughter to 10 years in prison.

McKathan also fined him $1,000 plus all court costs, including the fees of any appointed attorneys.

Jurors found Ronald Barbaree guilty of criminally negligent homicide in November. He was originally charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence following the New Year’s Day wreck that claimed the life of his daughter, 20-year-old Rachel Michelle Roberts. The accident occurred on U.S. Hwy. 29 North near Gantt, and Roberts died when the vehicle left the roadway and overturned.

McKathan also ordered Barbaree to undergo evaluation by the court referral officer and to complete any substance abuse program subsequently recommended.

McKathan said if Barbaree appeals his conviction, he will not be eligible to be free on bond during the conviction.

“It is noted, however, that whether there be any appeal hereafter, or not, no further bond shall be allowed in this case because the defendant’s being free appears to pose a real and present danger of harm to the public at large, in that, since his crime, the defendant has continued to operate motorized vehicles while consuming alcohol.”