Woman sentenced to two years in motorcyclist’s death

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WATERBURY (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 25-year-old woman to two years in prison on a manslaughter conviction after she caused an accident while texting that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.

The Republican-American reports that Stephanie Clavell was sentenced Monday in Waterbury Superior Court in connection with the June 2013 accident in Wolcott that killed 53-year-old Terrence Doyle.

Clavell told Doyle’s family she is truly sorry for their loss.

As part of a deal, she pleaded guilty in August to second-degree manslaughter. She faced up to four years in prison, but her lawyer argued in favor of the shorter term.

Doyle wasn’t wearing a helmet. He sustained a brain injury, compound fracture of his leg and a fractured hip. He died three days later.

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6 comments

  • ed

    It sucks that it happened for all parties, Unfortunately someone died! to the Family of the deceased, I am so sorry for your loss, to the woman who was texting, you got off easy, I am sure it was not your intention to kill someone that day , however, Im sure that you had seen the commercials saying how dangerous it is to txt and drive! you will be out it less of a year, that guy is dead Forever ! I Wish it never happened, as do you , Good Luck ! My heart breaks for all involved.

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  • Mark Ekovich

    This is so wrong the judge in this case should be hung. what an ASSHOLE. The man was stopped and she killed him and 2 years isn’t shit… AND THE MEDIA WANT’S TO SAY HE WASN’T WEARING A HELMET, SHIT HE WASN’T EVEN MOVING…. FUCK YOU TOO THE GIRL, JUDGE AND MEDIA!!!!

    • Frank Wayne Saunders

      Have a little mercy huh? It was a tragic accident,and all parties involved have suffered through this. She is young,and she made a tragic mistake. She is obviously very apoligetic,and i don’t think she deserves to be away from her daughter longer than 2 years.

  • John B

    Two years for a life?? Yeah she got off easy. As far as I’m concerned if you know the risks of texting and driving and what your actions can do to an innocent person as a result of this then you should pay a heavy price as well. If she was drunk she would have got a lot more time. To me it is the same thing. Its your choice to drink and drive and its your choice to text and drive, both are against the law here in CT. All you can do now is forgive her and move forward. She will live with this for the rest of her life. Hopefully she will do right and give back some how during her life. Sad story all around.