Christopher Kearney, a former tennis player for UNC-Chapel Hill, will spend the next year in jail after pleading guilty to drunken-driving in a crash in which two fellow students suffered personal injuries.
Kearney returned to North Carolina from his home state of California to enter the plea and will serve 10-12 months with the N.C. Department of Correction.
Kearney expressed his remorse and one of the victims of the incident even testified in defense of Kearney, asking that he not serve jail time. However, according to Orange-Chatam District Attorney Jim Woodall, Kearney’s sentence could aid in deterring others from driving drunk.
Kearney was the 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year.