Thomas Cypress Pleads Guilty to DUI Manslaughter

Thomas Cypress is going to jail for drinking, driving and killing a Maryland couple.
The 55-year-old brother of former Miccosukee Indian Chairman Billy Cypress is pleading guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter. On February 19 of last year, Thomas Cypress was behind the wheel of his truck on Tamiami Trail when he swerved into oncoming traffic and had a head-on collision with a car carrying Maryland couple Robert and Paulette Kirkpatrick.

Thomas was found knocked out in his truck, with a case of Budweiser beer in the front cab. The Kirkpatricks were killed instantly.

Today, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office released its plea agreement with Thomas. He will serve 12 years in prison and upon his release serve 10 years probation. He will get credit for the time he has spent in jail since he was arrested. His license is also permanently revoked and he will have to pay $142,000 in damages to the couple's two surviving children.

At the time Thomas rammed into the Kirkpatricks, his license had been suspended from a previous DUI charge. He was arrested on DUI charges in 1997 and 2004, as well. he got probation for the former and the latter charge was dismissed.

It's been a rough year so far for the Miccosukees. The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the tribe for not reporting taxable income from gambling profits while the government agency probes ex-chairman Billy for charging $3 million on tribe credit cards for personal travel.

Read the plea agreement below:
Thomas Cypress guilty plea

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I hate wat my father did. I always thot he wud b n crash by himself but nvr dat. I do miss him too evn tho he pisses me off sumtime. He nvr saw my draughtr eithr. She will b 10 wen he gets out.


What a terrible tragedy. Our prayers go out to the families. My family member killed an innocent person because of his terrible decision to drink and drive. He is now serving time in prison and is sharing his story to prevent other tragedies from occurring. (Google the Matt Maher Story or visit We've received an overwhelming response so far especially from young adults who made the decision to NOT drink and drive because they remembered Matt's story. I hope people continue to be impacted. These kinds of accidents are 100% preventable.


Only $142k for killing their parents? That's almost as raw of a deal as the American Indians got!

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