Four-year sentence in vehicular death of Bloomdale woman PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 08:26
Jeremy Albrecht wipes away tears during sentencing for vehicular homicide. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Jeremy Albrecht will spend four years in prison for the crash that resulted in the 2011 death of a Bloomdale woman.
Albrecht, 34, Findlay, was sentenced Monday in the courtroom of Wood County Judge Reeve Kelsey.
Albrecht previously pleaded to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, and one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
He had initially been indicted on two counts of each charge.
The charges stem from a July 18, 2011, motorcycle crash on Ohio 18 near Bairdstown. Albrecht reportedly missed a sharp turn in the road. He and his passenger, Angela Cook, then 32, Bloomdale, were ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Albrecht was also injured in the crash.
Prior to sentencing, Albrecht’s lawyer, Kathleen Hamm, noted he had not intended to harm Cook, and that the two had an 18-year friendship that “was moving forward into a very deep relationship.”
She said Cook had called Albrecht to give her a ride home from a festival in the county.
“They were both drinking that night and it was a reckless act and decision on his part,” said Hamm.“This is a tragedy of the utmost extreme.”
Hamm also read a note Albrecht had sent to Cook’s family following the crash.
“I loved Angela very much and wanted nothing but good to surround her,” she read.
“This tragedy has left me shattered.”
Noting that Albrecht has two children and served in the United States Marine Corps, she asked Kelsey to consider a sentence less than the four years asked for by the state.
Prior to entertaining statements from the prosecution, Kelsey heard a letter written by Cook’s mother, Kathy Cook, which was read into the record by a court staff member.
“I know after 2 1/2 years Angela’s children still cry for their mother,” the letter read. “Her baby will never know her mother.”
“As her mother, the pain of this loss of my first-born girl” is too much to measure.
“She always trusted people who didn’t deserve her trust,” the letter went on.
Prosecuting attorney Gwen Howe-Gebers noted that in the pre-sentence investigation report, Albrecht contended that Cook’s falling forward or leaning while on the motorcycle that precipitated the crash – showing, she said, that he did not take responsibility for the crime. The key act, she said, is that Albrecht should never have gotten on the vehicle in the first place.
“Never does he say ‘I should have said no more,’” she said.
Howe-Gebers asked for the full four-year sentence, stating that the state would object to any lesser ruling.
“There has to be some punishment, there has to be some acknowledgment by the defendant.”
Albrecht, prior to the rendering of sentence, spoke on his own behalf.
“There is nothing I can say that will bring her back,” he said, sniffing back tears throughout his statement. “She is dead and it is my fault. It was my decision to get on the bike, and I know that. I don’t know what I was thinking. I was raised better than that.”
Albrecht received 48 months in total for the aggravated vehicular homicide count, as well as 180 days for the OVI count. He also received a 10-year license suspension, and he will be subject to three years of community control after he is released from prison.
He was remanded into custody immediately after the verdict was read.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:27

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