On Wednesday, 29-year-old James R. McAllister, who caused an accident in 2016 and left an Olathe school instructor dead, was sentenced to more than 9 years in jail.
McAllister was behind the wheel drunk when he caused the crash. This was not the first time when he was driving drunk. He had 2 prior DUI convictions and also pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle without installation of an ignition interlock device.
24-year-old Caitlin Vogel of Stilwell died in the accident that happened on 31st of May 2016 and McAllister pleaded guilty in September involuntary manslaughter charge. The location of the accident was the intersection of 191st Street and Nall Avenue. McAllister ran a stop sign and his SUV broad-sided the sedan driven by Vogel.
A Johnson County judge followed a plea agreement and he sentenced McAllister to nine years and seven months in jail.
Vogel was a worker of the Olathe school district and she was hired on the post of an autism instructional assistant, who works with special needs children. Something great said by her in the court was that she was a young woman with a special gift for working with kids with special needs.
According to her mother, Patti Vogel, “She wanted to help so many people. She wanted to help all of the special children with autism. She had a patience I can’t even describe.”
Tyler Garretson, the lawyer of McAllister, said that the regret of his client is “100 percent legitimate.”
After the offender was sentenced by the judge, friends and relatives of the dead are forcing Kansas lawmakers to pass a law to make the penalties strict for those convicted of similar crimes.
According to friend Blair Gordon, while McAllister will be free after serving “next to nothing,” Vogel is “gone for life.”
It the law is passed, it will be named Caitlin’s Law.
News Source: www.KansasCity.com