Thursday in 4th Judicial District Court, Judge John Fenn rejected the plea agreement between the State and defendant Lydia Morrison. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there and has the story.
The 24-year-old Morrison was charged in January of 2010 with two counts of Felony Aggravated Assault and Battery and two counts of Felony Aggravated DUI. The incident that brought about the charges occurred just outside of Parkman, where Morrison while under the influence of alcohol, knowingly struck Shannon and Vernon Nomee with her vehicle while they were walking along the roadside. Morrison was traveling at an estimated speed of 55mph, and had been involved in a confrontation with the victims at the bar in Parkman shortly before the incident.
The mother of Shannon Nomee addressed the Court at the sentencing, stating that the brain injury that her son incurred from the accident has changed their lives forever, and that it has been a hard year for her and her family. She added that she didn't want to have to go through something like this again.
After District Court Judge John Fenn rejected the plea agreement, he sentenced Morrison to 5 to 8 years in prison and a $2,000 fine on one count of Aggravated DUI, and 8 to 10 years in prison on the other county of Aggravated DUI. However, that sentence was suspended in lieu of 5 years of supervised probation upon release from prison. Judge Fenn also ordered Morrison to pay $227,000 in restitution to Shannon Nomee.