Victim's father not pleased with state's recommendation

WEST PARIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The sentencing of a young woman convicted in a double fatal car crash is generating controversy even before a sentencing date is set.

The state is recommending five years of prison time for Kristina Lowe. Last month a jury convicted her of two counts of manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatality. But those jurors also found her not guilty of operating under the influence. The father of one of the victims says five years is not enough.

"Five years with two deaths I just don't believe is enough", Jerrold Mason said.

in 2012 Kristina Lowe crashed the car she was driving into some trees. She was speeding and reaching for her cell phone. Two of her passengers 16-year-old Rebecca Mason and 18-year-old Logan Dam were killed. Rebecca Mason's dad worked to pass tougher laws for young drivers after the crash. He says it's time to send a message.

"I wish it wasn't her. I don't wish it to be on anyone but unfortunately it's her and we need to set an example", he said.

The prosecutor Richard Beauchesne did not want to comment on the recommendation, but Kristina Lowe's attorney is talking. He'll be asking for no time behind bars.

"While we sympathize and grieve for his loss, I also have to make sure that my client gets a fair trial, fair due process", attorney Jim Howaniec said.

Howaniec says he still can't understand how jurors convicted his client of manslaughter. But also determined she was not impaired while behind the wheel. He's requesting a new trial.


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