|Kaufman sentenced for fatal crash|
|December 19, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
After almost a year, the case that resulted from the deaths of two young Scottsbluff women has come to a conclusion.
On Monday, 22-year-old Ethan Kaufman of Cheyenne, Wyo. was sentenced in Goshen County District Court in Torrington, Wyo. to spend the next 27 to 50 years in prison.
Kaufman pleaded no contest in September in the deaths of 19-year-old Alexis Wheeler and 19-year-old Hallie Anderson. He also pleaded no contest to charges of drunk driving and causing serious bodily injury to passengers Tyler Hill of Lyman and Stetson Allen of Morrill. None of the truck’s passengers were wearing seat belts.
The incident happened the night of Jan. 9, 2013 on Highway 92, just west of the Wyoming-Nebraska state line. Kaufman was driving west in a late model pickup. The truck drifted off the road and into as ditch, where it collided with a private driveway approach, before flipping several times.
During Kaufman’s preliminary hearing, evidence indicated he was legally intoxicated, was traveling at speeds estimated at 99 mph, and was texting just prior to the crash.