DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — Two men were each given two years in prison on Monday for causing a woman’s death in a road rage accident.
On November 1, 2014, 43-year-old Brenda Stephens died after being thrown from the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by her husband, Richard C. Stephens, of Marion.
Stephens was involved in a road rage incident with another vehicle driven by Andrew Miller, also of Marion.
Miller allegedly drove into the right hand lane, striking the front of Stephens’ car with its right rear and causing both vehicles to lose control.
Stephens’ Ford went off the right side of the roadway, striking a guardrail, then overturning and coming to rest on its top.
Miller’s car drove off the left side of the roadway and into the median.
Stephens, 36, entered a plea of guilt in May to aggravated vehicular homicide – a third-degree felony, and improperly handling firearms – a fourth-degree felony.
He was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, a $5,000 fine, and three years post release control.
Miller, 30, entered a plea of guilt today to aggravated vehicular homicide – a third-degree felony. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison, a $5,000 fine, and three years post release control.
Miller and Stephens are acquaintances.
“Nothing we do as prosecutors can ever bring back a loved one,” said Delaware County First Assistant Prosecutor, Kyle Rohrer. “This is a tragic, senseless incident showing just how deadly a vehicle can be when used irresponsibly.”
In addition to the above sentences, both Mr. Stephens and Mr. Miller have lost their right to drive for life.