Casper, Wyoming (AP) A former Wyoming couple who had been engaged to each other for two years was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing a man who had gotten in an accident in Casper and had been hospitalized.
The pair pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and are being held without bail.
They are expected to be released on their own recognizance when they are sentenced in May.
The victim, James M. Casper Jr., 52, of Casper was killed on Jan. 14, 2019, by the man he was with, David J. Miller, 41, of Grand Rapids.
The two had been married for 10 years and had four children together.
Miller’s attorney, Mark Fischman, said the case was far from over.
“They have not been convicted of anything,” he said.
“The judge’s been very thorough.
He’s given them a very long prison sentence.”
Prosecutors said that the man was driving Miller’s 1999 Toyota Corolla and had a passenger in the car.
They said Miller had gotten into an accident and that he was on his way home from a work trip when he hit Casper’s vehicle.
He was not wearing a seat belt.
Prosecutors said Miller’s girlfriend called 911 and told police that she saw a car speeding and the driver had blood on his clothing.
Caspar was driving the Corolla when it struck Miller’s vehicle and he died at the scene.
Prosecutors called Miller a “good guy” who was a good father and a good husband.
The couple lived in Caspar’s hometown of Caspar and had three children, Casper said in court.
Caspe’s wife, Jessica Casper-Bagley, had been the victim’s sister-in-law.
She said that while she had been trying to reconcile with her husband over the last year, he became increasingly distant and had stopped calling her.
“I have lost my faith in God,” she said in a statement read to the judge.
The sentencing comes as a wave of recent high-profile cases has brought awareness to the dangers of driving under the influence.
In the past week, police in North Carolina charged a man with DUI manslaughter after a woman died after she was knocked out by a car driving under an excessive speed limit in North Dakota.
In Alabama, a woman was killed after she suffered a heart attack while driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent or more.
And a man in Michigan was arrested after he was pulled over for a traffic violation and then found to have been driving under a 0.08 percent blood alcohol limit.
Prosecutors in Georgia said they were seeking the death penalty against a man convicted of driving drunk after he killed a woman.
In July, a Michigan woman was shot to death in a car crash that investigators said she had stopped to help an older woman in distress after her car collided with another car.
Prosecutors and police said the woman was not drunk and the car’s driver was driving under legal limits.