Grand Island Woman Gets 18-20 Years for DUI Crash that Killed Motorcyclist
By Nina Harrelson, Weekend News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
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.
Baker was sentenced Tuesday morning in Hall County District Court.
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.
say Baker crossed the center line and struck McCarville's motorcycle head–on,
killing him at the scene.
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
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."
told the courtroom -- through tears -- that she is sorry for what she did.
nothing I can do or say, and no monetary amount I can pay to bring back the man
you love. I am so sorry."
went on to say that she is ready to face her consequences.
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.
was given credit for 111 days already served. Her driver's license will also be
revoked for 15 years.
will be transferred from the Hall County Jail to the Nebraska Department of
Corrections to begin serving her sentence.