Overland Park 18-Year-Old Sentenced To More Than Five Years In Prison
18-year-old Conner Estrella of Overland Park has been sentenced to more than five years in prison in connection to a drunken-driving accident that killed a man standing next to a parked vehicle last year.
The sentence was passed Thursday as Estrella had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 66 months in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The incident took place on 7 August 2014. Estrella was driving under the influence of alcohol when he hit and killed 52-year-old Kevin Patrick Moroney in the 8400 block of Tomahawk Road. Maureen Hogg, who was standing with Moroney at the time, was injured in the incident. After that incident, Estrella pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery for injuring Hogg.
Moroney left behind four adult children. Moroney’s mother and his four children approved the plea agreement and sentencing. One of Moroney’s sons, 32-year-old Brent, was more concerned about the possibility that other people might learn from the story to avoid drunken-driving deaths, than the prison sentence imposed on Estrella.
His other son, Brent Moroney, was concerned about the sentencing being severe enough so other people learn from it. “It’s very sad, and it’s even more sad that this is a very common situation that I’m in,” he said.
He shared his story with the court about how he heard about his father’s death. He woke up early in the morning in a Philadelphia hotel to find several missed calls on his cell phone. The calls were from his grandmother who was frantic as the police officer came on the phone to explain to Brent what had happened. He then made the long trip home to make the funeral arrangements with his sisters and two brothers.
Estrella apologized before the sentencing.
“I have taken the life of someone who was loved by so many. It hurts me every day. I really, truly, want you to know that I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done,” he said.
Estrella remained at the Johnson County jail Thursday. He will have 337 days in custody credited against his sentence. Judge Charles Droege at the Johnson County District Court said that Estrella will be eligible for a “good time” sentence reduction up to 15 percent. This is a standard in such cases.
He is also liable for more than $33,000 in restitution.
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