Driver faces 20 years in accident
March 16, 2006
MINDEN – A 40-year-old Carson City man faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing death or substantial bodily harm.
Spencer Steven Ore, who appeared before District Judge Dave Gamble on Tuesday using a cane, admitted he had methamphetamine in his system when he caused 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.
Also in the vehicle was Andrus’ 2-year-old son who was in a child-seat restraint and uninjured.
As part of a plea agreement, the prosecution agreed to recommend a minimum sentence of 24 to 60 months and a $2,000 fine.
Gamble told Ore that he could sentence the defendant to the maximum. Ore is not eligible for probation or a suspended sentence and must serve at least 24 months. Ore told the judge that methamphetamine was in his system, but he didn’t believe he was under the influence of the drug.
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Gamble agreed to set the sentencing out until June 13, almost a year from the event, so Ore could earn more money to pay restitution and provide for his wife and children while he is incarcerated.
Gamble took away Ore’s driver’s license which had not been suspended by the state.
He denied Ore’s request for permission to drive himself to work.
“You can’t drive having just pleaded guilty to injuring someone,” Gamble said. “They should have taken your license.”
He ordered Ore to abstain from alcohol and controlled substances.
“Hopefully, you can come in and pay some money toward the restitution,” Gamble said.