Recent fatal accidents shining a light on Indiana DUI laws

Published: Apr. 3, 2015 at 8:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2016 at 5:38 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Prosecutor Nick Hermann says recently many people have expressed outrage that penalties for DUI cases were actually lowered last year when the criminal code changed.

This is starting to come to light now with recent fatal accidents, police say were fueled by alcohol.

Before last year, operating a vehicle under the influence causing death meant 6-to-20 years where you have to serve half the time. Now it's 2-to-12 years where you have to serve 75 percent of the time.

On Thursday Michael Gann, who police say was four times over the legal limit when he was involved in a fatal wreck back in March, made his first court appearance.

What's different about the case against Gann is that one accident involved three different victims.

Still very early in the process, but if Gann is found guilty, a judge will have to decide if the penalties should back-to-back or all at the same time.

Prosecutor Hermann says the state will push for consecutive sentences because all three victims, even though it was one accident, deserve justice.

"We do have three victims and we do want to pursue it and we will ask the court, if given the opportunity, that the court take a look at that and possibly put in consecutive sentences and give each victim a sense of justice," says Hermann.

Michael Gann's attorney said she did not wish to comment, saying it's far too early in the process.

Gann's next court appearance on June 8.

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