Addict gets prison for injury accident
MINDEN – A methamphetamine addict who continued to use controlled substances after causing an automobile accident that critically injured a Lake Tahoe woman was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in Nevada State Prison.
Spencer Steven Ore, 41, of Carson City, must serve a minimum of 57 months before he is eligible for parole.
District Judge Dave Gamble also fined Ore $2,000 and ordered him to pay $187,224.60 to the victim and others whose vehicles were damaged in the June 24, 2005, accident at Glenbrook.
Lorraine Andrus, 44, suffered severe injuries including a scalp laceration, fractured left eye socket, fractured vertebrae, fractured ribs, compound fracture to her right leg, lung contusion and a foot injury. She had to be extricated from her vehicle.
Also in the vehicle was Andrus’ 2-year-old son who was in a child-seat restraint and uninjured.
Ore pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing death or substantial bodily harm.
Gamble released Ore from jail and delayed sentencing to allow him to work, but the defendant was re-arrested June 5 after he tested positive three times for methamphetamine and marijuana.
“I would like to apologize for my behavior. It was wrong,” Ore said Tuesday. “For what I did, I apologize to the victim and to my wife for my actions.”
Gamble said he searched in vain for any kind of remorse from Ore prior to Tuesday’s sentencing.
“I see his tears today. Sure, he’s sorry today. You’re sitting here on your way to prison. You’ve trashed your daughters’ lives, you’ve trashed your wife’s life,” Gamble said.
“I gave you a huge benefit. I let you out to support your family, you continued to use crank,” Gamble said.
Prosecutor Dina Salvucci said the victim was unable to attend Tuesday’s sentencing because of a family emergency.
She said Andrus was the “financial cornerstone” of her family and concerned about her inability to work and to pay medical bills.
“She’s focusing on her quality of life and how it’s affected her,” Salvucci said.
She said Andrus understood the reality of whether she would get full restitution from Ore.
“I hold out no great hope Mr. Ore will repay a substantial amount in his lifetime,” Gamble said.
A plea agreement between Ore and the District Attorney’s office was invalidated when he violated terms of his release.
The prosecution had agreed to recommend a sentence of 24 to 60 months and a $2,000 fine. Gamble more than doubled the sentence.
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