Michael Ware pleads guilty after his 15-year-old daughter killed three people in car crash which occurred in 2014 in Pennsylvania Labor Day weekend. Ware is faced with 21 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty on Thursday to three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Besides the 21 years which he has to spend in prison he also has to pay a $45.000 fine in August, when he will be sentenced. On August 30 last year 54-year-old Michael Ware allowed his 15-year-old daughter to take his car, a Chevy Suburban, in order to drive five of her friends to breakfast. Three boys among the persons in the car were killed, namely Cullen Keffer, Ryan Lesher and Shamus Digney.
Officials say that the car was registered to the father. The teenage girl, Julia, took her friends to a local restaurant to have breakfast. When they were on their way home the car’s right tire traveled off the road while they were along a left hand curve. The vehicle flipped over multiple times.
Ware’s daughter who is now a 16-year-old Pleasantville resident was sentenced to probation and community service in May. In addition she was required to pay thousands of dollars in restitution and write apology letters. She could serve probation until she turns 21.
When he turned up before the Wayne County Judge Raymond Hamill Ware did not comment anything, he just agree with the version of events proposed by the prosecutors: that he was the one who allowed Julia to drive his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. According to prosecutor Janine Edwards the man initially denied that he gave his daughter permission to drive to the restaurant, but he eventually admitted that he allowed her to drive in the lakefront vacation resort community.
Ryan Lesher’s father, Ed Lesher declared that he hopes Ware will receive the maximum sentence. After Ware was sentenced to the maximum sentence Robert Reno, his attorney, said that he did not believe this would happen.
Edwards declared that she was satisfied with the fact that Ware took responsibility for the crime. Since he pleaded guilty the prosecutors will drop the rest of the charges which include two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and three more counts of reckless endangerment.
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