WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Leavittsburg man learned his fate on Monday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a deadly crash last April.
Joseph Myers, 32, was sentenced to 25-27.5 years in prison.
Last month, Myers pleaded guilty to 11 counts, including involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, felonious assault and operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Prosecutors say on April 11, Myers caused a five-car crash while he was running from police at speeds up to 100 mph with a suspended license and being high on cocaine.
The crash killed 34-year-old Anthony Blackwell, of Warren, and hurt three others.
“This was one of the most violent crashes that I’ve ever seen,” said assistant prosecutor Mike Burnett.
Prosecutors say they can only describe his actions as senseless.
“The police had called off the chase because of the high speeds he was driving. He didn’t need to continue to travel at the speeds that he did,” Burnett said.
“I just want to tell the family I’m sorry. I’m not sorry because I’m going to do the next 25 years in prison, I’m sorry because they lost a son, brother, father, a friend. My heart goes out to them,” Myers said.
A judge also suspended Myers’ license for three years and he’s also required to register as a violent offender upon his release from prison.