A 22–year–old Grand Island woman will spend the next 18 to 20 years in prison for a DUI crash that killed an 80–year–old motorcyclist last June.
Britteney Baker was sentenced Tuesday morning in Hall County District Court.
Baker was convicted of vehicular homicide last December after pleading 'no contest' to driving under the influence of methamphetamine in a June 12th crash that killed Donald McCarville of Grand Island.
Authorities say Baker crossed the center line and struck McCarville's motorcycle head–on, killing him at the scene.
Prosecutor Mark Young asked the judge Tuesday to consider the maximum sentence for Baker, saying McCarville's life was cut too short because of Baker's "deliberate" acts.
"His life was brought to a sudden end because Ms. Baker was doing something she loved to do, and that's use methamphetamine," he said. "Ms. Baker is a danger to everyone who drives. Unless she's given the maximum sentence, it's very likely this will happen again."
Baker told the courtroom -- through tears -- that she is sorry for what she did.
"There's nothing I can do or say, and no monetary amount I can pay to bring back the man you love. I am so sorry."
She went on to say that she is ready to face her consequences.
Baker initially told officers the driver of her car had fled on foot, but later admitted to being the driver. In exchange for her 'no contest' plea, prosecutors dismissed a false reporting charge.
She was given credit for 111 days already served. Her driver's license will also be revoked for 15 years.
Baker will be transferred from the Hall County Jail to the Nebraska Department of Corrections to begin serving her sentence.