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Family speaks out over downgraded charges in deadly car crash

Pastor Todd Annis
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Updated: 5/02/2013 8:46 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The woman involved in a deadly crash now faces a lesser charge, and the family of the man killed is speaking out.

"I had found the person I had expected to spend the rest of my life with."

Lauren Annis struggles with heartbreak and the pain of losing the man she planned to grow old with.

Todd Annis, a popular youth pastor and volunteer chaplain, was killed in a car crash in September 2011.

Police arrested Holly King for driving with a suspended license causing death. A felony charge that could have landed her up to seven years in prison.

But in court Thursday, the judge downgraded the felony charge to first-degree misdemeanor.

Now, King faces a maximum sentence of one year.

"Her driving didn't cause this accident. We've got an accident reconstruction expert looking at it," said Curtis Fallgatter, King's defense attorney.

Action News did some digging and discovered she's no stranger to run-ins with the law. King racked up seven citations for speeding and careless driving.

A lengthy record the widow says should have kept King off the road and her husband alive.

"It's an injustice," said Annis. "I feel like it's unfair and I feel like how many more Holly Kings are out there are on the road? And how many more of those people is the state failing to protect me from."

The case will now be moved to another judge in county court.

The Annis family fears that could mean the lengthy legal process could start all over.
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