KALISPELL — A Montana man was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday for driving drunk and crashing his pickup into a house, killing a 15-year-old girl as she slept.
Jared Allen Parsons of Kalispell was sentenced 17 years in prison with 10 years suspended, the Flathead Beacon reported.
Parsons, 32, pleaded guilty to felony vehicular homicide in January for the April 2019 crash that killed Erin Howk in her house in Evergreen, near Kalispell.
Brittany Howk said losing her daughter was devastating, but she didn't want Parsons' life to be destroyed by sitting in prison for decades. She urged the court to make sure he got the help he needed.
Flathead County Attorney Travis Ahner said the court needed to send a message that what Parsons did was serious, and that meant a prison sentence.
Defense attorney Liam Gallagher sought a suspended sentence or a Department of Corrections commitment with most of the time suspended. He said Parsons would be able to receive treatment in the community.
The judge ordered Parsons to pay $15,000 in restitution, gave him credit for a year already served in jail and said he would be eligible for treatment programs in the prison system.
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