A Batavia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide in Highland County Common Pleas Court.
Albert Schober was indicted in July on the two second-degree felony charges following a March 26 crash on state Route 73 in Washington Township that left two dead.
On Oct. 5, Schober pleaded guilty to the indictment. Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss, at that hearing, ordered pre-sentence investigation.
As previously reported in the Highland County Press, the Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the crash and reported that at approximately 10:22 p.m., a red 2000 Ford F-150 was traveling southeast on state Route 73 when it allegedly failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck several trees. The truck was occupied by Schober, 21; Troy Phillips, 26, of Felicity; and Tiffany Walters, 19, of LaFollette, Tenn. Phillips and Walters were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Highland County Coroner's Office.
On Friday, Schober appeared in Highland County Common Pleas Court with his attorney, Lee Koogler.
At the beginning of the hearing, according to Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins, Schober attempted to withdraw his plea.
"He tried to withdraw his plea, and we had to argue it," Collins said. "But the judge would not allow it."
Coss sentenced Schober to five years in prison on each count, to run consecutively, for a total of 10 years in prison.
"Having been through a similar situation before, with my own brother being killed in a car crash, for the family, this can at least start the healing process and they can gain some closure," Collins said following the hearing.
Koogler said, "We had an agreement with the state, and the court followed that agreement."