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Man gets 15 years for DUI manslaughter


Man gets 15 years for DUI manslaughter

A jury found Michael Allen Rose guilty Thursday of DUI manslaughter for the 2003 death of Lucinda Reapp, a 34-year-old mother of three. Authorities say she was riding on the back of Rose's motorcycle when he lost control, throwing them into traffic on State Road 52. Reapp was fatally struck by a pickup truck. Authorities say Rose's blood-alcohol level was 0.17, more than twice the level at which Florida law presumes a driver is impaired. Witnesses identified Rose as the driver, but Rose testified that he let Reapp drive that night. Circuit Judge Thane Covert sentenced Rose to the maximum: 15 years in prison. Assistant State Attorney James Goodnow said Rose, 51, who was twice arrested for DUI before Reapp's death and once more after his 2004 arrest, deserved more. "This is somebody who deserves a life sentence," he said.


Man, 63, accused of molestation

A 63-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sexual battery after Pasco sheriff's deputies said he molested two children, ages 5 and 10. Jesus Cuevas was in the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday afternoon; bail had not been set.


Alzheimer's poker benefit is canceled

The Texas hold'em competition slated for Sept. 20 to benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization has been canceled. For information, call (727) 848-8888.

Pasco deaths

Bosco, Janet

Brink, Kelly Jo

Duane, Wilfred B. Jr. "Stub"

Miller, Ada Sophia

Russick, Mary "Kaye"

Scherm, James M.

Skaggs, Michael Allen

Smith, the Rev. Frank D.

Trusch, Doris M.

Washburn, Daniel

Wooldridge, Richard A.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Man gets 15 years for DUI manslaughter 08/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:33pm]
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