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A Louisville woman who killed a man while driving drunk had hoped to get out of prison after serving less than a year of her 10 year sentence. An emotional plea for shock probation did not convince a judge to look past a history that includes a history of drinking and some shocking details the judge revealed in his decision.
Emily Hall was only 20-years-old when she left a bar after drinking and caused a crash in November of 2007. Driving with a blood alcohol level of .21, she swerved into the path of a tractor trailer, forcing the truck to hit a pole. It killed a 53-year-old truck driver, Abe Reimer and injured his wife Tina Reimer.
"Ms. Reimer was trapped in the cab of that truck while her husband lay dying in the road. She is still in therapy, and can no longer drive because of this crash," said Kristi Gray, Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney.
It was not Hall's first charge for driving under the influence, she was also arrested six months before the deadly crash. Court documents released Tuesday reveal Hall's regular use of alcohol started at age 17 and that she would eventually consume up to 24 beers or a fifth of liquor daily.
"The likelihood that she would reoffend if she were to be released by this court is extremely minimal. Prison is not supposed to be a pleasant experience and it has served its purpose for Miss Hall," said Steve Schroering, attorney for Emily Hall.
The Reimer's live in Canada and couldn't be in court Tuesday and Emily Hall didn't speak. She got very emotional when her attorney read part of a two page letter she submitted to the judge.
Hall's letter said in part, "I am immensely sorry and so very remorseful for what I have done. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Mr. Reimer and his entire family."
"She is extremely remorseful for what happened and I feel like its time for her to get some help at a place outside because there's really not help there," said Sheri Hall, Emily Hall's mother.
Judge Barry Willet decided to deny shock probation. His order said he felt keeping her behind bars is necessary for protection of the public.
Hall's attorney says she will be eligible for parole again in the middle of next year.