Updated: Monday, 14 Dec 2009, 6:10 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009, 5:21 PM EDT
FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - A woman charged with killing a Frankfort utility worker pleaded guilty.
42-year-old Shelvie McDole plead guilty to reckless driving and operating while intoxicated. She is accused of hitting and killing a Frankfort City Power and Light worker with her SUV in May of last year.
McDole entered a guilty plea, reversing her prior not guilty plea, after being charged with killing 25-year-old Bryan Osbon. McDole admitted killing Osbon with her SUV on State Road 28 while he worked as a flagger for Frankfort City Light and Power.
Clinton County Prosecutor Tony Sommer said the proceedings were considered an open ended plea.
"The terms of the plea agreement indicated that the defendant agreed she could be sentenced as the court deems appropriate. There were no limitations on the sentence and no charges dismissed," said Sommer.
Sommer said there is an exception in this case, he will not make a sentence recommendation. Instead, the county probation office and Osbon's survivors can suggest the length of sentence.
"I know they're going to convey the flavor of the impact that this has had on their lives much better than I could as an intermediary," said Sommer.
During the hearing, McDole told the judge she has medical problems and was taking a large amount of prescription medication. Sommer said McDole's medical records will be considered during sentencing.
"In a sentencing, a judge has to be concerned about rehabilitation of the offender, conditions of incarceration as well as whether or not their medical conditions have an impact on the level of culpability a defendant had in committing the offense," said Sommer.
The judge set the sentence date for August 14 at 1:00 in the
Bryan Osbon's family members did not want to comment after the hearing.