Man gets 20 years behind bars for deadly DUI crash - KOTA Territory News

Man gets 20 years behind bars for deadly DUI crash

Nearly eight months after a horrific crash caused one person her life and injured a number of others, the man responsible receives his sentence.

Last October, Jimmy Pilcher, 37, chose to get behind the wheel while he was under the influence of meth, marijuana and alcohol. He ran from police in a pursuit through north Rapid City that ultimately ended in a very destructive crash, killing one woman, Tamara Hunter, 40, and seriously injuring at least three others.

Two of the innocent bystanders injured in the crash spoke at Pilcher's sentencing. Both asked the judge to give him the maximum sentence.
"We were all impacted, we were all injured and we have to live with the pain for the rest of our lives," Victim Elizabeth Mousel said.  Another victim told Pilcher he forgives him.
Pilcher did apologize to the victims and his family.   After hearing an hour worth of testimony on both sides, Judge Thomas Trimble sentenced Pilcher to serve 20 years on the vehicular homicide and 2 and a half years for the aggravated eluding charge. He will also have to pay more than $21,000 in restitution.
In exchange for Pilcher's guilty plea, the state dropped a number of charges including first degree manslaughter. He received a heightened sentence because he is a habitual offender.
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