Pennsylvania: Gerald Dean Johnson admits he is an alcoholic and says he is sorry as he strikes plea deal in woman’s death; $12,000 restitution and 3 years in slammer
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“I find it truly ironic that she would be killed by the thing she despised so vehemently,” son Christopher Hebenstreit, 35, of Silva, N.C., wrote in a victim-impact statement read aloud in court.
From York Dispatch
A Jackson Township man cried Friday in York County Court as he apologized for killing Victoria Holt in an alcohol-fueled crash.
Then Gerald Dean Johnson expressed gratitude to two of Holt’s sons, who took the unusual step of visiting Johnson at his home to say they forgave him.
That happened before he pleaded guilty Friday to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and DUI.
“You all have done something for me I can’t do for myself,” he said of their forgiveness. “This is something I live with every day.”
Johnson, 54, of Chesapeake Estates, was sentenced to three to six years in state prison as part of a negotiated plea agreement. He must also pay nearly $12,000 in restitution.
Johnson admitted he’s an alcoholic, but said he’s been sober since July 31, 2011 — the day of the crash.
The background: It happened on South Salem Church Road at Ruppert Road in Dover Township when Johnson was driving his Toyota Camry and turned left in front of Holt, who was riding a motorcycle, Northern York County Regional Police said.
Holt, 55, of Fox Chase Drive in Dover Township, suffered fatal injuries despite wearing a helmet. A 9-year-old child riding on the motorcycle escaped injury, as did Johnson. ….MORE