Milledgeville man nets new prison sentence following vehicular homicide plea


Trey Aaron Ramage had been out of prison for little more than a year when he was involved in a fatal two-car crash on North Columbia Street back in November 2021.

The driver of the other vehicle – Kelly Butler, a 48-year old Hancock County man – was pronounced dead at the scene. Butler worked at Reynolds Plantation and was survived by two children, according to his obituary.

After Ramage was treated for his injuries at an area hospital, he was a and charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, DUI  less safe - drugs, DUI less safe - combined influence, DUI controlled substance and reckless driving.

The collision between Ramage’s 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck and Butler's 2005 Nissan Altima occurred near the intersection of North Columbia Street and Marshall Road at 5:30 in the morning. Butler was on his way to work in Greene County at the time, according to law enforcement. The investigation ultimately revealed that Ramage was traveling southbound on North Columbia when he crossed over the center lane and into the inside northbound lane, where he collided head-on with Butler’s sedan.

Ramage last week entered into a plea deal with the district attorney's office, pleading guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide and DUI less safe. He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars and another five on probation. Ramage will receive "credit for time served" since Nov. 12, 2021, which is when he was arrested.

Ramage previously did a stint in state prison between March 2018 to October 2020, which stemmed from an arrest in Henry County on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of counterfeit drugs.

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