LIMA — A man originally sent to prison for the traffic deaths of two high school girls four years ago was given a third chance Tuesday to get his life in order.
Over the objection of a prosecutor, Judge Richard Warren sentenced Andrew Lane to 60 days in jail and four years probation instead of prison. Lane also will have random drug testing and was given jail credit for 34 days served.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser reminded the court Lane was the driver of a car that killed Sara Kruger, a sophomore, and Kierra Morman, a freshman. Both were pupils at Allen East High School.
Lane was in court for violating his probation. During a traffic stop, a trooper found an illegal synthetic drug, K2, in his car, and a prescription drug his mother gave him from an old prescription she had.
“This court is well aware of what brought us here in the first place,” Kohlrieser said. “He killed two people.”
Kohlrieser said Lane was not supposed to have any drugs unless prescribed by a doctor, not his mother.
Lane’s attorney, Steve Chamberlain, said Lane lives every day knowing his actions led to the deaths of two young girls.
“Nothing he does every day the rest of his life is going to bring those girls back,” Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain said Lane has worked hard to make something of his life. He is in school to further his education and had a job until his arrest last month.
Kohlrieser said Lane got his second chance when he was granted early release from a four-year prison sentence on the charges of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. She objected to giving Lane a third chance.
“You get one shot at judicial release. Just because he’s been doing great so far, he blew it. He flat-out blew it. He ought to be punished for that not somebody else driving down the highway. You let him out of prison. That’s an opportunity that’s not given to everybody,” Kohlrieser said.
Lane said he screwed up but had been doing well.
“I have kept a job and been trying to stay out of trouble for the most part. Every day I live, I try to live for the girls,” Lane said. “I know I can do better.”
The crash happened Dec. 5, 2008, on Greely Chapel Road. Lane was driving a vehicle at 3:30 a.m. at a high rate of speed when he crashed killing the two girls who were passengers. A third passenger, Justin Scarberry, was seriously injured.
Lane had served just more than a year in prison and about a year in jail before he entered a guilty plea.