The families of those killed and injured during a tragic 2015 Interstate 75 crash told the district attorney prosecuting the case on Monday they were satisfied with the sentencing decision. Two …
The families of those killed and injured during a tragic 2015 Interstate 75 crash told the district attorney prosecuting the case on Monday they were satisfied with the sentencing decision.
Two of those attending the morning sentencing of Benjamin Brewer were the parents of Brian Gallaher, the late Ocoee Middle School band director.
Brewer was convicted earlier this year on six counts of vehicular homicide with intoxication, four counts of reckless aggravated assault, driving under the influence and speeding.
Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole gave Brewer one of the harshest sentences possible, saying Brewer had been responsible for “453 feet of devastation.”
Brewer did speak to the court with an emotional apology to those who were affected by the wreck, noting he has an 8-year-old child.
“The two children in that wreck were that age,” Poole said. “The children of Brian Gallaher were that age.”
The judge also noted that Brewer, on the advice of counsel, refused to complete the drug and alcohol paperwork which is done during the pre-sentencing process.
Brewer will now go straight to incarceration where he will serve 55 years.
District Attorney Neil Pinkston told the media the families were pleased with the sentence.
Terry and Sharon Gallaher, Brian’s parents, sent the following statement to the Cleveland Daily Banner:
“We are grateful for the decision of the court today. Nothing will bring our son Brian back but hopefully no other family will have to go through this. We are thankful to family, friends and this community for the support that we have received. Most of all for a loving God who has carried us through these last two and a half years.”
Poole referred to Gallaher's musical talents when he said, “I will trust bagpipes are being played today in respect to Mr. Gallaher. "
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