Danielsville Man Sentenced in Death of DNR Captain Stan Elrod

Courtesy Elrod Family

A Danielsville man will spend 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in the 2020 death of DNR Captain Stan Elrod.

32-year old Arvil Hamons was sentenced last week in Madison County Superior Court.

Hamons had earlier pled guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, possession of a schedule 1 drug, and possession of a firearm during a felony.

Online Athens reports Northern Circuit District Attorney Parks White recommended a 10-year prison term, saying Elrod’s death was tragic but preventable, and due to distracted driving and the drugs in Hamons’ system that included methadone, THC, and amphetamine.

White said Elrod was hit from behind and killed instantly.

Elrod was struck by Hamons while on Hunt Road in Danielsville on Thursday, Sept 4, 2020 in while physically training.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Hamons failed to maintain his lane and struck Elrod on the southbound side near the shoulder.

Hamons was arrested at the scene.

A native of Toccoa, Elrod had been with the Georgia DNR for 28 years, and lived with his family in Danielsville.

Among his many accomplishments, Elrod was a board member of the Outdoor Dream Foundation.

He was a cyclist and participated in the Police Unity Tour and was a founding member of the DNR Honor Guard.

In 1999, Elrod was named Ranger of the Year and in 1996 served on the security team for the 1996 Olympic Games.

In March of this year, he was posthumously awarded the Guy Bradley Award by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for his lifetime contributions to wildlife law enforcement, positive impact on the community and the state, selfless devotion to others, and outstanding leadership.

Before sentencing, Online Athens reports Hamons’ attorney Jim Smith of Athens suggested a five-year prison term, saying Hamons has accepted responsibility for his action, has no criminal record, was employed at an auto repair shop, and after the crash called 911 and attempted to render aid to Elrod.

Superior Court Judge Chris Phelps sentenced Hamons to 10 years.

Upon his release, Hamons must perform 100 hours of community service by speaking to various groups about how seconds can change your life.