A Centre Hall man involved in a fatal vehicle-buggy crash last year will spend the next several years in a state prison.
State police reported in August that Theadore C. Horman, 26, had been traveling down Penns Valley Road in Penn Township when he rear-ended an Amish horse and buggy. A male and a female in the buggy were ejected, and the horse died in the crash.
State troopers detected an odor of marijuana at the scene and also discovered marijuana and a smoking device in the vehicle, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Horman admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day, and two sobriety tests indicated impairment.
The male passenger in the buggy, Daniel K. Beiler, Jr., 18, died from his injuries a day later, the CDT reported. The female passenger suffered a fractured femur, internal injuries and a serious head injury.
Horman entered guilty pleas Thursday to felony counts of accident involving death, aggravated assault by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while under the influence and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, according to his attorney, Patrick Klena. Additional guilty pleas were entered for misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and driving under the influence.
“This is a very sad and tragic accident that happened,” Klena said to President Judge Pamela Ruest, adding that his client was remorseful for his actions and took responsibility immediately. He added that Beiler’s family was in contact with Horman in jail and had forgiven him.
“I’m sorry for the loss this caused,” Horman told Ruest. “I wish I could take it back.”
The prosecution stated they hoped Horman’s story would act as a deterrent and encourage members of the public not to take the same action.
He was sentenced to three to six years at a state prison to be followed by two years of probation, Ruest ruled. He was also sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution, more than $38,000 in restitution costs and more than $1,700 in fines.
Osceola Mills man sentenced for 2017 burglary
An Osceola Mills man who participated in a Miles Township burglary was sentenced to state prison time Thursday.
According to state police, Babe J. R. Miller, 30, told troopers in March that he had been with a second man during the February 2017 burglary and had sold stolen firearms to a family member and another individual. The second man involved in the burglary was identified by Miller as Jedadiah Ward.
The CDT previously reported that Ward had taken various tools and firearms from the Miles Township residence and was taken into custody when he returned to the residence. Ward was sentenced to about two years state prison time in September.
Miller pleaded guilty to felony counts of burglary, theft by unlawful taking and prohibited possession of firearms. He was sentenced to three to six years state prison time and must pay the costs of prosecution as well as about $21,800 in restitution to the victim in the case.