Michigan driver who killed 5 Taylor University students in crash to leave prisonSo the Cliff's Notes version of the story goes like this...
A suburban Detroit truck driver convicted in a 2006 crash that killed four Taylor University students and a staff member could be free soon, a newspaper says.
Robert F. Spencer of Wayne County's Canton Township is being released about a year after his sentencing on charges of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness, the News-Times of Hartford City reported.
A coroner misidentified one of the students killed -- Laura VanRyn, 22, of Caledonia, Mich. -- as one of the injured survivors, then-19-year-old Whitney Cerak, of Gaylord, Mich.
An official at Westville Correctional Facility could not confirm Thursday night whether Spencer was being released and said more information would be available Friday morning.
Investigators said Spencer had fallen asleep at the wheel after he had driven at least nine hours more than allowed under federal rules.
Spencer pleaded guilty last year and was given an eight-year prison sentence with four years suspended. (Detroit News link)
- Violate a federal safety standard - check
- Murder five people, injure several others, cause thousands of dollars worth of damage - check
- Plead guilty to the crimes - check
- Receive an eight year prison sentence - check
- Take a one year, all expenses paid vacation, including meals, cable TV and probably a paying job too - check
- Walk out of prison after about a year, returning to your life while five people are still dead and families throughout the MidWest have been shattered by your gross criminal negligence - sad, but true.