A Columbus man was sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a young mother in Delaware County.
Marc Kraft, 45, was found guilty on all eight counts Wednesday, which included two felony counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, four felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault, two felony counts of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them.
Judge John Bender sentenced Kraft to the maximum on all charges for a total of 29 years and six months in prison.
Kraft's driver's license was suspended 44 times and he was
convicted another 15 times for driving without a license in Pennsylvania and
"This is the most horrendous case of drunk driving I have ever seen," Bender said.
Prosecutor Carol O'Brien told the judge that when Kraft was admitted to jail on Nov. 8, 2012, he was asked if he was suicidal, to which he allegedly replied, "What? Over this [expletive]?"
According to troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kraft was crashed into a Subaru on state Route 315 carrying Brad Weaver, 36, his girlfriend, Heidi Hecker, 36, and their 10-month-old daughter, Peyton.
Hecker was pinned in the wreckage car and died. Weaver and the baby survived but sustained extensive injuries.
Kraft sat without emotion while the sisters of Weaver and Hecker pleaded with the judge to sentence Kraft to the maximum.
"He killed Heidi and took a mother aware from her child. For justice to be served, he needs to be sentenced to the maximum so this doesn't happen to anyone else," said Carmen Hecker, Heidi's sister.
During sentencing, Kraft turned to the victims' family and said, "I want to say I am sorry. And I know sorry is not enough."
"I thought he might say he was sorry. It didn't
matter. It is too late now. Whatever he said, I'm not sure he meant it,"
said Jud Hecker, Heidi's dad.
Jud said he still wants answers.
"If he didn't have a license, how's come they let him
use the truck?" Jud said.
A taped recording was shown in the courtroom with an OSHP toxicologist from their crime lab stating blood tests on Kraft showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.214, nearly three times the legal limit.