On July 29, Randy Sedy, 45, chose to drink and drive his 1996 Dodge Ram pick-up through the streets of Marysville, a mistake that cost Meghan Stivers, a Lake Stevens woman, her life and Sedy six years in prison.
After failing to stop for police, ramming a car and injuring a man, Sedy continued to drive. His blood alcohol level was .31, almost four times the legal limit.
Stivers, 26, was just leaving work at the Best Western Motel on the Tulalip Indian Reservation when she saw the police chase and pulled over to get out of the way. She died at the scene.
On Thursday, Jan. 5, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz sentenced Sedy to six years in prison, just a few months shy of the maximum sentencing guidelines in the state of Washington.
Kurtz explained that his limited ability in the sentencing of vehicular homicide stating that is the job of the legislature, not the courts.
Jan Stivers, Meghan’s mother is planning to work with lawmakers to increase the penalties for people convicted of vehicular homicide.
The current standard is 2 ½ to 3 ½ years for those with no criminal history.
“Because of the choice of one man, I will never see my sister again,” Kendra Wilmott, Stivers’ sister said in court.
Sedy apologized in court and pled guilty in the beginning to save the victim’s family from a trial.
Sedy was issued a DUI in 2005 and was ordered to pay fines after serving two days in jail. He had no prior felony convictions.