Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Judge Anthony Powell gave 37-year-old Tommie Cameron the maximum sentence of 224 months or over 18 years in prison. Cameron was involved in the July 25th, 2010 crash that killed 21-year-old Kari Rinehart.
Cameron hit and killed the Wichita State University student in a crash at 29th and Woodlawn. Rinehart's sister, Kati, and their roommate were injured in the crash.
In February, Cameron pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter while under the influence and two counts of aggravated battery.
Today, friends and family of the South Haven native spoke about their loss and requested that the judge give out the maximum sentence.
"My sister was killed by this monster at the young age of 21. She had her whole life, career, and many adventures ahead of her. She will never get to experience these things with the people that love her most. It is impossible to stand here and put every emotion and thought into words but I do know one thing. This man deserves to spend every minute in jail he can," said Kati Rinehart.
The judge gave Cameron 172 months for involuntary manslaughter, 9 months for each count of aggravated battery, and 34 months for attempted robbery in another case.