Grand Island Woman Gets 18-20 Years for DUI Crash that Killed Motorcyclist

Britteney Baker

A22–year–old Grand Island woman will spend the next 18 to 20 years in prison fora DUI crash that killed an 80–year–old motorcyclist last June.

BritteneyBaker was sentenced Tuesday morning in Hall County District Court.

Bakerwas convicted of vehicular homicide last December after pleading 'no contest'to driving under the influence of methamphetamine in a June 12th crash thatkilled Donald McCarville of Grand Island.

Authoritiessay Baker crossed the center line and struck McCarville's motorcycle head–on,killing him at the scene.

ProsecutorMark 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.

"Hislife was brought to a sudden end because Ms. Baker was doing something sheloved to do, and that's use methamphetamine," he said. "Ms. Baker isa danger to everyone who drives. Unless she's given the maximum sentence, it'svery likely this will happen again."

Bakertold the courtroom -- through tears -- that she is sorry for what she did.

"There'snothing I can do or say, and no monetary amount I can pay to bring back the manyou love. I am so sorry."

Shewent on to say that she is ready to face her consequences.

Bakerinitially told officers the driver of her car had fled on foot, but lateradmitted to being the driver. In exchange for her 'no contest' plea,prosecutors dismissed a false reporting charge.

Shewas given credit for 111 days already served. Her driver's license will also berevoked for 15 years.

Bakerwill be transferred from the Hall County Jail to the Nebraska Department ofCorrections to begin serving her sentence.