Centralia Businessman Gets 4 Years in Jail, For 2018 Accident

Court records in Marion County reveal that a Centralia business man was sentenced to 4-years in prison, in regard to a reckless homicide that occurred last year.  59-year-old Thomas Joy, plead guilty back in December to a Class 3 felony for reckless homicide, in exchange for his misdemeanor DUI and traffic citation being dismissed.  According to authorities, back in May of last year, Joy pulled his pickup truck out of an alleyway, next to the Broadway Tavern in Central City, where he pulled into the path of 65-year-old Jerry Clarkson’s motorcycle, which caused a crash that resulted in Clarkson’s death.  Evidence was presented in court that showed Joy had drank 2 beers and took 2 shots of whiskey, in a 45-minute time frame while at the tavern prior to the crash.  The defense had asked for probation, with the state’s attorney asking for a 5-year prison sentence.  That 5-years is the maximum available sentence for a Class 3 felony.  It was also noted that Joy had lied to police about the amount that he drank prior to the crash, with Joy also lying about stopping before pulling out of the alleyway.  Joy is currently being held at the Vandalia Correctional Center, and is receiving day for day credit towards his sentence.