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Driver sentenced to 30 years in double fatal crash

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Following an investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in coordination with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office, Ronald Godfrey, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Feb. 22 by Clermont County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Herman.

The sentence was part of a plea agreement in connection with the July 29, 2012 double fatal crash on Ohio 32 at Bells Lane that killed Corean B. Hutcherson, 78, and Betty J. Hines, 75, both of Cincinnati. 

The crash occurred after Godfrey and his passenger stole a 2011 Penske truck and car trailer. They were then observed attempting to steal a John Deere Gator from Cahall Brothers on Ohio 125 in Amelia. Godfrey and his accomplice were confronted, fled the scene and were later located by law enforcement on Ohio 32. They fled from officers who attempted to stop them and ultimately failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of Ohio 32 and Bells Lane, resulting in the fatal crash. After the crash, Godfrey attempted to run from the scene, but was apprehended by responding officers.

As part of the plea agreement, Godfrey was sentenced to 22-years on two counts of  involuntary manslaughter, four-years on  two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, three-years for failure to comply with the lawful order of a police officer, and one-year for obstruction of justice.

Godfrey’s accomplice remains incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail and is awaiting trial.

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