FLORIDA: Kenneth Lee Archer convicted of DUI manslaughter in the death of Ashley Sullivan in 2018; sentenced to 15 years in the slammer


FLORIDA  DUI driver Kenneth Lee Archer sent to prison for 15 years in crash that killed Ashley Sullivan

Prosecutors for the District reported that on March 11, 2020, Kenneth Lee Archer, 40, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced for one count of DUI Manslaughter after making an open plea to the court. Defendants have a right to forgo a jury trial and plea straight to the court for sentencing. It is not a negotiated plea.

Assistant State Attorney Martin Stark filed the DUI Manslaughter charge against Archer.

Judge Nick Thompson sentenced the defendant, who pled guilty, to 15 years in prison and revoked his driver’s license for life. He was also ordered to pay more than $7,000 in fines and court costs. Restitution was ordered and reserved. The defendant must also attend a DUI school, undergo a drug evaluation, and attend counseling.

On April 4, 2018, just after 2 a.m., Archer was driving on Pine Island Road, on the drawbridge that crosses the Caloosahatchee River. He crossed the centerline in the road and hit a car traveling in the opposite direction, sending the vehicle into a raised sidewalk.

The 35-year-old woman driving the car he hit died from her injuries in the crash.

His truck collided with an oncoming Kia Optima driven by Ashley Sullivan, 32.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Florida Highway Patrol investigated the scene and found the defendant had a blood alcohol content of .103, which is above the legal limit. Video evidence shows Archer had left a bar minutes before
the crash.

ID #156014
Race W, Sex M, Appx Age 39
Ht*5 ‘ 09 “, Wgt*170 lbs, (DOB: 1980-12-18)
Last Known Address: 8500 NALLE GRADE Rd., NORTH FORT MYER, FL 33917
Booking #889627
Arrested: 2018-10-17, 12:49,Status
In Custody: CORE – POD K

Charges ( 2 )
HOMICIDE-NEGLIG MANSL-VEH (DUI CAUSE DEATH TO HUMAN OR UNBORN CHILD)AgencyLEE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICECounts1TypeBond TypeBond Amt0.00Bond PaidCase No18CF000528CourtCircuit CourtSched Trial Date2020-03-11 13:30
Circuit Court
Sched Trial Date, 2020-03-11 13:30

FLORIDA  DUI driver Kenneth Lee Archer sent to prison for 15 years in crash that killed Ashley Sullivan

Kenneth Lee Archer was convicted in Lee County Circuit Court when pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison with his driver’s permit revoked for life.

Archer was arrested on Oct. 26, 2014, at 6:36 am for hit and run and driving while license was revoked by Lee County Sheriff.

Archer was arrested for petty larceny on July 18, 2009, by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. More than a dozen other arrests span the past twenty years and involved failure to pay child support, domestic violence, and possession of drugs.


Memorials to Ashley

  • EC: It has taken me this long to say even today, still with tears and sadness. Ashley was my work daughter,you were a very special person with such a good heart.I will dearly miss the smile and cheer I saw in you everyday. You will not be forgotten and will always be in my and I’m sure everyone else’s heart. Ernest Cantu –
    November 06, 2018, at 06:07 PM
  • TW: I’m sorry for the time that was taken from you my friend, just know you will never be forgotten. You will be remembered in the smile of your two beautiful babies. Watch over us, and whisper in gods ear for your family and friends. Watch over Sarah she’s going to need u too. Sleep peacefully beautiful, on the wings of angels. Oxoxo Christina, Zac, and Dallas Woodhams – April 21, 2018, at 12:52 AM
  • JM: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Jacob & Tammy Mudge – April 19, 2018, at 04:36 PM
  • CD: my prayers go out to all the family so sorry for your loss so sad what a great young lady Charles Daniels – April 17, 2018, at 10:00 PM
  • TM: Ashley there is no words to say, you’re an amazing person inside and out, I’m so blessed to of had you as a friend, and the crazy thing my son loved you to pieces, you were his first crush even though he was only 10 lol, you always made him feel special. I cherish the time we had together and my thoughts and prayers are with you children and family. You will forever be loved and
    missed. Tracy Medeiros – April 17, 2018, at 07:36 PM
  • JA: You are an amazing person and mom. It breaks so many hearts that you have been called home, but we all shall meet you again in time. God has called you to serve for him now. We will always look up above for your shining smile. ? JAC – April 17, 2018 at 07:10 PM