Keith Pumphrey of Melbourne was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday, six months after the head-on collision that killed 20-year-old UCF student Keri Anne DeMott.

A multiple DUI offender, Pumphrey was found guilty on three charges, including DUI manslaughter, according to Brevard court records. The 22-year-old was previously charged with careless driving in March 2015, Orange County court records show.

Pumphrey drove head on into DeMott's 2001 Honda CRV when he swerved into the westbound lanes of State Road 407 in Brevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash occurred Oct. 10 at 12:30 a.m. Pumphrey was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in critical condition, while DeMott, a sociology major in her third semester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

More than 80 attended the April 22 sentencing, a video produced by the UCF Police Department states. UCF Police officer Frank Imparato said there wasn't a dry eye inside the Historic Titusville Courthouse.

As part of his sentencing, Pumphrey, who had a blood alcohol level of .132 the night of the accident, must donate to a charity of the DeMott family's choice every year on Keri's birthday.

"And while there's no sentence that makes sense, the judge made it perfectly clear that on this day Keri Anne DeMott matters," Keri's father, Bill DeMott, said in the video.


Caroline Glenn is the Content Manager of the Central Florida Future. Contact her at or 321-576-5933, or follow her on Twitter @bycarolineglenn.

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