Reduced sentence for drunk driver

By Katherine Wartell

A district judge granted a reduced sentence Monday for a K-State student convicted of driving drunk and killing two people on K-18 in May 2012.

Miles Theurer, 24, a veterinary student, will immediately serve 60 days in the Riley County Jail followed by a 36-month probationary period for the deaths of Michael Stanley, 31, and Elizabeth Young, 31, both of Ogden.

Theurer pleaded no contest in May to two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol. Stanley and Young died after Theurer drove his pick-up truck, carrying three other K-State students, head-on into the couple’s sedan in the early morning hours.

Theurer had faced a possible sentence of approximately 3 to 14 years in prison, but, following his plea, Theurer’s defense filed a motion for a downward departure, which the judge granted.

During his 36-month probation, Judge John Bosch ruled, Theurer must speak to at least 36 schools and churches on the dangers of drunk driving. If he fails to meet the terms of his probation, Theurer could serve 41 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections.

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