A Franklin County judge has dropped most of the sanctions against a Wisconsin trucker who pleaded guilty in the death of a retired Columbus police officer.
Randall Perkins, 60, was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and following too closely in the death of Daniel Klingerman, 68, on Feb. 14, 2012.
Perkins was driving a tractor-trailer on I-70 on the Near East Side when he swerved to avoid stopped or slowed traffic. His rig struck three vehicles, including a Flowerama van driven by Klingerman, who was delivering flowers on Valentine’s Day.
Municipal Judge Amy Salerno put Perkins on probation through September 2016, ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service and fined him $900 to be paid to Faith Mission.
She also sentenced him to 90 days in jail, with all but nine days suspended. He was ordered to serve three days on or around Valentine’s Day in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
But on Feb. 26, after Perkins missed his first jail stint, he took a bus to Columbus and appeared in Salerno’s court. According to a transcript, he had lost his job and wanted to serve his 90 days and get off probation.
Because of his financial difficulties, Salerno said, she put him on nonreporting probation and suspended the fine and community service. She also waived the jail time.
By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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