BLOOMINGTON — A 21-year old driver involved in a crash that killed a man in November 2013 was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months on probation.
Braiton Holloway pleaded guilty in January to driving under the influence of marijuana in the two-car accident that killed Jacob Garber, 20, of Morton.
Felony charges were dismissed in the plea agreement that followed disclosures by defense lawyer Steve Skelton about the victim, who allegedly was intoxicated and failed to stop at the intersection of Mitsubishi Motorway and West College Avenue on Normal’s far west side.
Investigation by the defense showed that the Garber’s car was traveling more than 80 mph before the crash, according to the defense.
Holloway “was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Skelton.
Normal Police Department crime scene investigator Brian Williams testified that several liquor bottles, drug paraphernalia and a bag of marijuana were found in the Holloway’s car.
In a statement to Judge Casey Costigan, Holloway apologized to the victim’s family, calling the crash “an experience that haunts me to this day.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink asked for 24 months of probation and 120 days in jail. The….MORE