Man freed after pleading guilty to wreck that killed officer

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 75 days in jail for a wreck that killed a Fort Bragg commander.

But the Fayetteville Observer reports Friday ( ) that Justin Dunlap of Hope Mills received credit for the 76 days he spent in jail before trial, so he’s a free man.

Dunlap pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle for the Jan. 16 death of 47-year-old Command Sgt. Maj. Lynn Ratley. Dunlap crossed the center line and crashed into Ratley’s motorcycle.

Family members and soldiers who filled the courtroom called the sentence ridiculous.

District attorney Billy West says 75 days was the maximum for that charge, and the facts didn’t support higher charges. Investigators determined Dunlap was not impaired by drugs or alcohol and was not texting at the time.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,