Louisville cab driver sentenced to 44 years for DUI crash that killed four
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The taxi cab driver responsible for killing four people in a car crash has learned how long he'll spend behind bars. A judge sentenced Charles Barlow to 44 years in prison Monday afternoon.
Rebecca Roby, Michael Roby's mother, says she has been going through "Hell, hell -- because I watch my grandchildren cry all the time. She cries. She's now a full time mommy, daddy everything you know."
Family members described what life has been like since October 29, 2012 when a crash changed all of their lives. Wearing t-shirts honoring the four people killed, family members walked into Floyd Superior Court to hear from Charles Barlow himself.
He apologized for the fiery crash on Highway 111 in Floyd County.
"Being a mother of one that's gone, he made the decision to do it," Rebecca Roby said. "I don't believe he's sorry. I just believe he wanted less time, my opinion."
Police say Barlow's taxi crossed over into oncoming traffic, killing 60-year-old Thomas Stinson and Barlow's passengers who were his friends: 31-year-old Michael Roby, 39-year-old Tara Crump-Hirsekorn and Barlow's girlfriend, 23-year-old Laura Weigand.
They were headed towards the Horseshoe Casino when he crashed. Barlow only had minor injuries.
In December, Barlow accepted a plea deal, agreeing to plead guilty to one count of causing death with a blood alcohol level almost double the legal limit and three counts of reckless homicide.
Keith Henderson, the Floyd County Prosecutor says, "The sentence was 44 years. There was a range under our plea agreement of 22-44 years for this offense and during sentencing several family members testified and the judge rendered a sentence of 44 years."
Angela Roby, Michael Roby's wife, says she's satisfied with the sentence.
"I think the judge made the right call," Angela Roby said. "She knows what she's doing and hopefully this is the best thing for everyone."
Even with his sentence, prosecutors say Barlow could be released from jail in about 20 years based on time already served and good behavior.
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