An Ohio man was sentenced to four years in prison for running over another and killing the occupant.
The boating crash occurred last June. The victim was in his boat waiting to take it out of the water when Glenn Riegelsberger drove his boat over the top of the victim’s boat. The victim suffered injuries to his head and back. Riegelsberger left the scene and and walked across the street to his Riverside home. He was arrested fifteen hours later. DNA from the victim was found on Riegelsberger’s boat.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel sentenced Riegelsberger to four years in prison. The judge noted, in handing down the sentence, that Riegelsberger had prior arrests for OVI.
Drunk boating charges are similar to drunk driving charges. A person facing a boating while intoxicated charge should contact an experienced defense attorney who can examine all of the circumstances of the case to determine whether the charges or arrest can be challenged on constitutional grounds. The attorney can can also consider the possibility of contesting the case on the merits, through expert testimony on the integrity of any blood alcohol test, the chain of custody of any sample, or biochemical explanations for a high reading that have nothing to do with intoxication.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a Kentucky man will spend 8 1/2 months in prison for running a red light and killing a couple. He also must pay a $7,500 fine, complete 400 hours of community service; his driver’s license was suspended for five years.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Ky. 17 (Madison Pike) and Ky. 3035 (Old Madison Pike). The driver ran a red light and struck three vehicles, including broadsiding the victims’ Ford Probe. The victims died at the scene.
Although the prison sentence is a significant punishment, Richard Michael Beers, received some leniency. He is permitted to participate in a five year diversion program. After completing that program, he may seek to have his felony convictions expunged.
Beers plead guilty to two counts of reckless homicide as part of a plea agreement. This would have been a challenging case for prosecutors. Beers apparently wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol and wasn’t using a mobile phone – two of the most common causes of reckless crashes. He also was not driving at an excessive speed. Beers has a long history of driving infractions – although this would not have been admissible at trial.
The judge, according to news reports, ordered Beers’ release on the anniversary of the crash “because he didn’t want Beers to look upon the release as a joyous occasion.”
Individuals facing serious traffic charges, as in this case, need to retain an experienced defense attorney. At the Cincinnati based law firm of Michael K. Allen & Associates, we have helped clients throughout Southwest Ohio to successfully challenge a wide variety of traffic violations from running a red light to vehicular felonies.