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Rep. Brewer Calls for Changes in Our Vehicular Homicide Sentencing

February 12, 2024
Darnell T. Brewer News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Darnell T. Brewer (D-Cleveland) last week released a statement on vehicular homicide sentencing.

“The life of Samantha Nelson matters! I am outraged by the sentence handed down by Judge Matia. Our offices understand the defendant pleaded to the highest level of vehicular homicide but yet was only given 30 days of jail time. I have spoken with prosecuting attorneys, who have informed me that this is not the only case I should review regarding vehicular homicide and judicial discretion. I will be working to research and introduce legislation to address the issue of minimum/maximum sentences as it relates to vehicular homicide. In addition, Samantha leaves behind two beautiful girls who now mourn the life of their mother and a family who faces the financial burden of taking care of these lovely girls,” said Rep. Brewer.

“Our offices will also be looking into legislation where an offender will be expected to make payments, e.g., child support until the child is 18 or until the child graduates from high school, whichever is later, to include crimes such as vehicular homicide and intoxication manslaughter. Every life in Ohio matters, and we must hold those who take the life of any individual accountable.”

Constituents of Ohio House District 18 can contact Rep. Brewer's office at or 614-466-1414.

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