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Driver sentenced for Beavercreek crash


XENIA — A South Vienna man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison Monday for his role in a Beavercreek crash that injured three individuals last year. Additionally, Greene County Commons Pleas Judge Michael Buckwalter suspended the license of the defendant, Ryan Adkins, 20, for 50 years. Two years of the full prison sentence are mandatory.

Just before receiving his sentence, Adkins pleaded guilty to three of the 10 charges against him, in a plea agreement: two counts of second-degree felony aggravated vehicular assault and one count of fourth-degree felony vehicular assault. Other counts, including an OVI charge, drug charges and other vehicle-related charges from the crash, were dismissed.

According to the police report from the original July 12, 2014, incident – which took place in the early morning hours of that day on Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek – three individuals received injuries as a result of the crash, including a broken wrist, a broken foot, among other injuries.

In his report, responding Beavercreek officer Matthew Stull noted that Adkins – the driver of one of the two vehicles involved in the crash – had a “strong odor of alcoholic beverage” on his breath before writing that Adkins told him he had “a few beers.”

After sentencing Adkins, Buckwalter told the 20-year-old, “I don’t think you’ll ever fully understand and appreciate what your attorneys have done for you in this case. This is not a typical sentence, under these circumstances, that this court imposes.”

Adkins faced a maximum potential sentence of 17-and-a-half years.

“The only way you could make anything good come from this, from the victim’s side, is if they are convinced that at least one person in this world will never, ever be behind the wheel driving a vehicle having consumed any substance … alcohol, whatsoever,” Buckwalter said. “And that’s what you’re promising the victims, right?”

“Yes, I will do my part to do that,” Adkins said in response.

Adkins pleaded guilty to an OVI charge in Springfield Municipal Court just three months before the July 2014 incident. Adkins previously served jail time and had his license suspended for one year in relation to the Springfield incident.

“You may have been on a trajectory to be dead yourself or quadriplegic or on a vent for the rest of your life,” Buckwalter said. “You may think I’m on a soap box or pontificating, but I truly believe that. I do wish you the best. I’m going to be monitoring this case in hopes that you make great strides toward your rehabilitation and that you keep to your promise.”

Adkins (second from right) looks on during Monday’s sentencing proceedings in Greene County Common Pleas Court.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2015/08/web1_adkins.jpgAdkins (second from right) looks on during Monday’s sentencing proceedings in Greene County Common Pleas Court. Nathan Pilling | Greene County News

By Nathan Pilling

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