Drunk driver who killed LMPD Detective and a Lexington man sentenced to prison
Suzanne Whitlow pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and DUI in February.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- A drunk driver who killed an off-duty Louisville Metro Police officer and another man learns her punishment.
Suzanne Whitlow pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and DUI in February. On Friday, she was sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison.
Whitlow told the judge she is sorry and takes full responsibility. "I know I deserve to go to prison," she said.
Whitlow was drunk in October 2016 when she drove up on a sidewalk in Lexington killing LMPD officer Jason Schweitzer and University of Kentucky employee Timothy Moore. Police said Whitlow's blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.
"She made a tremendous mistake and bad judgment and as a result of it she's got to pay," Whitlow's attorney, Jerry Wright, said.
She later admitted to drinking several cranberry and vodkas before getting behind the wheel. Weeks before the crash, she had finished classes required for a previous DUI conviction.
Despite Whitlow's apology, Schweitzer's wife said it doesn't change anything.
"It doesn't change the fact that my husband's gone and both my kids don't have their father here. He's not going to be here ever with them," said Jessica Schweitzer, whose husband was killed.
As for the maximum 20 year sentence, Whitlow's attorney wasn't surprised.
"I think it's obvious," Wright said.
That's because Whitlow had a previous DUI and a felony conviction.
But the highest punishment still doesn't feel like justice for the Schweitzer family.
"Twenty years for the lives of two people just doesn't seem like enough," Schweitzer said.
With her father-in-law by her side Schweitzer also said she feels closure was robbed from her, saying the judge at the sentencing did not allow her to read a victim impact statement.
"I would have focused on the fact of what she took away from us and the hole she's left in our lives," she said. "Moving forward any happy time in life, there's a bit of sadness because we can't help but to think about Jason and how he would be celebrating."
Whitlow's attorney says she plans to appeal the decision.
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