Felony Sentences: DUI driver gets 16 months
A Missouri man will spend 16 months in prison for his part in a crash that killed a man near Rancho Tehama in late June.
Thomas Victor Williams, 23, of Wentzville, Mo., pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and was sentenced Tuesday in Tehama County Superior Court.
Williams was driving a 2007 Kia Spectra on Remunda Road near Dry Gulch Court in Rancho Tehama when he lost control of the vehicle around 2:30 p.m. on June 27.
The car left the roadway and went down an embankment, where it overturned before coming to rest on its roof, reported the California Highway Patrol.
Jacob Aaron Tabaka, 22, of Belleville, Ill., a passenger in the back seat, was killed. He was not wearing a seat belt.
Two other passengers, Lindsey Dennison, 29, of St. Charles, Mo., and Will Duggan, 28, of San Angelo, Texas, suffered minor injuries and were treated at nearby hospitals.
Williams, who was arrested at the scene, suffered minor injuries and was treated at Enloe Medical Center in Chico before being booked into the Tehama County Jail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Additional Tehama County Superior Court sentences:
Joshua Ryan Dachtler, 28, was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary with a person present and with a special allegation of having a prior felony conviction.
Dachtler broke into a home while the resident was asleep. He stole cash, credit cards and other items.
Jeffery Jack Sargent, 33, was sentenced to three years in state prison afte he pleaded guilty to making criminal threats. Sargent went to the victims home with a knife and threatened to kill them. He then proceeded to get on a back-hoe and threatened to run over one of the victims who was standing in the driveway.