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Parolee arrested in mother's death

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

A convicted felon was taken into custody the day she was paroled, to face charges that she caused a 2006 car crash that killed her mother.

Sharon Denise Griggs, 36, was paroled Monday from Arrendale State Prison on forgery charges on a 2000 Upson County case. Griggs was arrested the same day on the 2006 Clayton County warrant, and is charged with homicide by vehicle in the second degree.

Police said Griggs was traveling southbound on Tara Boulevard Aug. 3, 2006, when she turned left onto North Avenue. Police said Griggs, in a 1995 Oldsmobile 88, did not have the right of way and was hit by a northbound vehicle.

Her mother, Dianne Griggs, 53, was a front-seat passenger and suffered internal injuries in the crash. She died two days later at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Sharon Griggs began serving her 10-year forgery sentence Feb. 9, 2009, and was paroled Monday, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. She previously served three months in 2001, in state prison, for criminal interference with government property.

Griggs is being held in the Clayton County Jail pending a bond hearing.

-- Kathy Jefcoats