Six weeks after a Lee County jury found a Russell County woman guilty of running over her soldier husband with her car, Tiffany Andrews was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday, Attorney General Luther Strange said in a release.
Tiffany Andrews, 29, was found guilty in a Lee County Circuit Court on May 11 in the July 1, 2012 death of Michael Andrews who was serving at Fort Benning.
Strange said the sentence is a measure of justice for the victim. “I am pleased that we are able to deliver a measure of justice for this victim who served his country,” Strange said. “Tiffany Andrews callously and brutally killed her husband, and she deserves this stern prison sentence for her terrible crime.”
During a week-long trial, evidence showed the couple had been arguing for days about plans for a divorce. Witnesses testified that Andrews had a pattern of chasing her husband with her car and it occurred on the evening he died on Lee Road 248.
An Alabama state trooper who specializes in reconstruction testified on forensic evidence that Michael Andrews’ body had been run over by his wife’s car. There were dents on the undercarriage to indicate something soft had been hit very hard and it left an imprint from his jeans and belt. Authorities also found DNA on the undercarriage that matched the soldier.
Michael Andrews was covered under a $400,000 military insurance policy and his wife stood to benefit if he died while they were still married.
Strange recognized those who took part in the successful prosecution. They included Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Billingslea, chief of the Criminal Trials Division; Assistant Attorneys General John Hensley and James Rutter; paralegal Lori Arnold, all of the Criminal Trials Division; and Victim Service Officer Ashley Harbin of the Attorney General’s Office of Victim Assistance.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the case include the Lee County Sheriff’s Office with investigator Katie Bonham, Alabama State Trooper Philip Ray, the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and the Phenix City Police Department.