Man guilty of vehicular homicide

Local woman killed in fiery wreck caused by speeding motorist in downtown Bellevue.
Cary Ashby
Jan 29, 2014

A motorist who drove a speeding vehicle that killed another driver in a fiery, rear-end crash has been convicted of five felonies.

Morgan E. Jevec, 24, of Massillon, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and failure to comply with order or signal of police officer. He also was convicted of two charges of vehicular assault.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he and Huron County Public Defender David Longo have made a joint recommendation of Jevec serving 15 years in prison. With 10 1/2 of the years being mandatory on some of the charges, Jevec can apply for release after spending 11 years behind bars.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said that while he isn't bound to follow the recommendation, he told the attorneys he finds the prison term "reasonable."

As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss the remaining charges on Jevec's nine-count indictment.

Jevec's convictions are for a high-speed incident Sept. 17 when he sped away from police while he was intoxicated.

"There are no winners in this situation," Leffler told the judge Tuesday.

Jevec and some friends were out drinking Sept. 17 and he drove a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis from Norwalk to Bellevue, Leffler said.

At 11:07 p.m., the Bellevue Police Department received the report of a reckless driver on U.S. 20 in Monroeville. Leffler said three minutes later, the pursuing officer clocked Jevec going 78 mph in a 50 mph zone near Prairie Road. Other officers soon joined the pursuit.

Jevec didn't stop for police and in the meantime, officers were able to stop some traffic from entering U.S. 20 from side streets, Leffler said.

The driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer, Tracy Albright, 36, of Bellevue, was stopped at a red light at the North Sandusky Street intersection. Leffler said Jevec rear-ended the truck and pushed the Blazer into the intersection.

"The car caught on fire. She was killed as a result of the crash," the prosecutor said.

Albright was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries.

Bellevue resident Travis Roach, 54, was treated and released at the scene for injuries sustained when his Buick Lacrosse was hit by Jevec's car after the first collision. Jevec and his passengers -- three men from Canton -- suffered serious injuries and were taken to various hospitals.

The crash closed U.S. 20 for about three hours.

The suspect's blood-alcohol concentration was .136 percent, Leffler said. The legal limit for Ohio drivers is .08 percent.

Although Jevec didn't stop when police turned on their lights and sirens, "he was otherwise cooperative with authorities," Leffler said.

Jevec, at Tuesday's hearing, answered the judge's questions about understanding his rights by clearly and loudly saying "yes, your honor" or "no, your honor."

"Based on the severity of the charges," Conway said he would be revoking the defendant's $100,000 bond. That means Jevec will remain in the Huron County Jail until he is sentenced March 12.

Comments

luvblues2

That's all?

Voipgirl

Deleted his facebook which contained pictures of him and his idiot friends acting like dumba@$$es. Wimp.

ladydye_5

Wow.

Voipgirl

Oh my bad...it's still up. You can still view this genius in all his glory.

nobodycares

So lets see he will be able to be out when he turns 35...... She burned to death cause he chose to have a night of drinking and fun.........when he gets out she would have only been 47 ......whats wrong with this picture ???????? What a shame !!!!!

Just Because

15 Years?? Not enough! He was WELL old enough to know the consequences of his actions. He will still have a life to live after his incarceration, while Tracy's family must go on without her! Throw the book at him! Looking at his facebook page, he is obviously irresponsible!

ladydye_5

Why no mention of the drugs in his system? Didn't one story say he had drugs on board?

Ehovemom

11 years for an horrific murder. Speechless. I did once read that the average sentence SERVED for murder in this country is around 7 years. I guess that must be correct.

starryeyes83

This lowlife needs to be strung up on the lamp post right there on the crash scene.

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swiss cheese kat

I got a rope if you want to round up some people to help.

JACKEL

Count me in !

44846GWP

Still can not understand why he was released from the hospital a free man, with charges pedning?! There was plenty of evidence to take him to jail straight from the hospital! He should never had one more free day after he killed that woman!

ghall62

So the judge says what??

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said that while he isn't bound to follow the recommendation, he told the attorneys he finds the prison term "reasonable."

11 years is reasonable, that is a big load of Bullshit Mr. Conway and you know it. If this was your daughter who was killed in the prime of her life leaving your grandchildren alone and without their mother for the rest of their lives..... Would that be reasonable then Mr. Conway? The sentences should be consecutive and not concurrent. He was drunk, and with drugs in his body as well. He didn't care for his safety, his passengers safety or the public's safety. He recklessly took a life and should spend one year in prison for every year the victim was alive. She was 36, then he should serve 36 years in jail!

Voipgirl

She was killed at 36. He will be set free when he's 35. How does this make any sense? Is this what you call justice, Conway?

JudgeMeNot

Judge Conway's current term expires on December 31, 2018.

propman

He needs to be recalled