BAY CITY, Michigan — An Auburn man was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison in the drunken driving death of a sleeping homeowner.
Hunter Motko, 22, pleaded no contest in July to single counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, The Bay City Times (http://bit.ly/1DnFDk1 ) reported.
On the early morning of March 9, Motko crashed the SUV he was driving through the brick wall of a home, killing Vaughn Lietzke. His blood alcohol level several hours after the crash was 0.25, more than three times the legal limit.
"A message needs to go forth that society will not tolerate that kind of conduct," Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill said at the sentencing hearing Friday morning. "I believe that Mr. Motko committed an extremely evil deed."
Lietzke's wife, Sandra, had a head injury and other wounds. She missed four months of work because of her injuries.
Sandra Lietzke said she's in the process of cleaning up and selling the home in which her husband was killed because she can't bring herself to move back into it.
"I would never wish the events on anyone," Motko said. "I am sorry from the bottom of my heart and I wish that you guys can take it all into consideration to find it in yours to be able to forgive me, because I am truly sorry."
He will also be ordered to pay restitution at a later hearing.
Information from: The Bay City Times, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city
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