Judge increases drunken crash sentence due to man’s past DUI

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man who killed an 18-year-old motorist by drunkenly crashing into her car got a longer-than-expected prison sentence because he had a drunken driving conviction two years earlier.

Thirty-year-old Jared Schillinger, of Cheswick, knew he was facing a mandatory minimum three- to six-year sentence for homicide by vehicle while driving drunk when he smashed into Rikki Fleming’s car during a snow storm on Route 28 on Feb. 16, 2013.

The Millvale woman was killed instantly when she was thrown from her car after it was rear-ended by the speeding Schillinger, who was nearly three times as drunk as the law allowed.

But Allegheny County Judge Thomas Flaherty gave Schillinger four to eight years in prison Thursday, because of his 2011 DUI.

Schillinger apologized and says he hopes to eventually honor Fleming’s memory.

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