Trainer Cole Norman is awaiting formal sentencing in Garland County Circuit Court after a jury recommended he serve six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and be fined $5,000 for his involvement in a fatal automobile accident in February 2007.
According to a representative from the Garland County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, formal sentencing for Norman is scheduled for April 9. Norman pleaded guilty to negligent homicide April 4 in a crash that killed 86-year-old Virginia Heath, a distant cousin of former President Bill Clinton.
Norman remains free on a $7,500 bond and was not taken into custody after his guilty plea, according to the circuit court clerk representative. He could be eligible for parole in as little as a year if he receives credit for good behavior.
A 39-year-old resident of Houghton, La., Norman was originally charged with manslaughter, a Class C felony, after toxicology reports revealed the painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone in his system at the time of the accident, which occurred when Norman’s Cadillac Escalade crossed the center line and struck Heath’s Ford Explorer. Norman was not injured.