Delaware: America’s worst – Judge M. Jane Brady and prosecutor Christopher Hutchison give Garrett Cordrey 18 months in jail for DUI fatal crash

Garret Cordrey sentenced to 18 months in jail for killing Nancy Nelson while DUIIn one of the most egregious examples of weak prosecutors and liberal out-of-touch judges, a Delaware man was sentenced to jail for eighteen months for killing Maryland woman as he drove while intoxicated.  The sentence Garrett M. Cordrey received was about the same sentence as a person charged with a misdemeanor theft rap.

From The News Journal

A Newark man whose wrong-way driving killed a 58-year-old Maryland woman last June was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by a year of behind-bars substance abuse treatment.

Garrett M. Cordrey, 22, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in the June 1, 2014 crash that killed Nancy Nelson, 58, of Denton, Md. His sentence, imposed by Superior Court Judge M. Jane Brady, carries an unusual condition: For several years, on the day of the crash, he must spend 24 hours in solitary confinement.

Cordrey was not charged with any offenses stemming from the crash until February, when a grand jury indicted him on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and DUI. He pleaded not guilty and paid a $6,100 bond to await trial, but on Monday, court records show he accepted a plea deal with prosecutor Christopher Hutchison and pleaded guilty to the homicide and DUI charges. ….MORE

Bridgeville — A crash near Bridgeville early this morning left one person dead and one person injured.

The crash occurred at 2:57 a.m. An initial investigation by the Collision Reconstruction Unit indicates Garrett Cordrey, 21, of Newark, was driving a 2006 Ford F-250 south in the northbound lanes of Sussex Highway (U.S. 13), north of Camp Road. His vehicle collided with a northbound 2006 Honda CRV, which was traveling in the left northbound lane of Sussex Highway.

After the collision, the F-250 left the roadway and the CRV rotated 180 degrees, coming to rest facing south in the right northbound lane. It was then struck by a northbound 1996 Freightliner tractor trailer, which overturned, spilling its load of woodchips. While this occurred, one other vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire, sustained damage by striking debris in the roadway.

Cordrey and the driver of the Crossfire, Kyle Thompson, 28, of Salisbury, Maryland, were not injured. The driver of the tractor trailer, Howard West, 62, of Seaford, was transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The driver of the CRV, a 58-year-old Denton, Maryland woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name, Nancy Nelson, was released following notification of next of kin. All drivers involved in this collision were properly restrained at the time of the crash.

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