Driver sentenced to prison after crash that killed three people
ROSCOMMON COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The driver, and sole survivor, in a single-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of three people will be spending time behind bars.
Gordon Stuck was sentenced Tuesday to seven to 15 years in prison after a drunk driving crash that killed three others.
Back in April, Gordon Stuck pleaded no contest to operating under the influence causing death. His additional charges were dropped at sentencing with the plea deal.
The crash happened in October. Stuck was driving near Houghton Lake when he lost control of the car and hit a tree.
Ronald Frank, Kaitlin Kurtz and Richard Bourland were killed.
Stuck was in critical condition.
At Stuck's sentencing, family members had their chance to speak out.
First was the sister of Ronald Franks who was 28-years-old, Misty Schaiberger.
“None of us got to say goodbye to them," Schaiberger said. "None of us had a choice on what happened that night and it has ruined my family. Nothing is the same.”
The sister 25-year-old Kaitlin Kurtz used her turn to speak to Stuck directly.
“Your reckless behavior and disregard for the innocent lives around you was the immediate cause of three deaths that evening," Jaimie Kurtz said. "There is no other cause. There is no other excuse and no other circumstance caused this tragedy, just your choices. Their blood is on your hands.”
Gordon Stuck and the three victims knew each other.
In his statement, Stuck took full responsibility for the crash.
“No punishment you could give me today would be as bad as the sense of guilt, sadness and remorse I feel for my friends and every member of their family and I will experience this every day and continue to experience this for the rest of my life,” Stuck said.