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Woman Gets 14 Years For Crash That Killed Boy

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Ian Graves' mother, Christy Bishop, receives a hug from a friend after the sentencing of Diana Linz Ian Graves' mother, Christy Bishop, receives a hug from a friend after the sentencing of Diana Linz
Graves' family wore blue t-shirts with his picture on them Graves' family wore blue t-shirts with his picture on them

(BATAVIA, OH) -- Diana Linz, the woman who caused a crash that killed a toddler was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday.

Police say Diana Linz, 34, failed to stop at a stop sign on Woodville Pike and Deerfield Road, hitting 21-year-old Christy Bishop's car last November. Bishop's 2-year-old son, Ian Graves, and her boyfriend were also on the car. Graves was killed in the accident. Bishop and her boyfriend were injured.

Bishop pleaded with Judge Robert Ringland to give Linz the maximum sentence of 18 years.

"I beg you today to please give Diana Linz the maximum sentence for my baby's life," Bishop said, through tears.

Bishop wore a blue t-shirt with the words "In Loving Memory" and a picture of Ian.

"Once your baby's gone, you are too. She killed more than just Ian that day. She killed a whole lot of people inside," said Bishop.

Judge Ringland gave Linz 14 years --  8 years for aggravated vehicular homicide and 3 years each on two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. According to police, Linz had traces of cocaine in her system at the time of the crash. She also had her license suspended for life.

"I've reviewed some horrible cases, but this case is probably one of the most heart-rendering situations that I've experienced," said Ringland. "I cannot imagine the pain and angst being suffered by the family of this beautiful young boy."

Judge Ringland took into consideration that Linz did plead guilty, sparing the family the pain of a trial, but also considered she had several prior traffic violations.

"Your lifestyle, Ms. Linz, led to that day, and no matter what I do today, I can never bring satisfaction to the people involved in this case," said Ringland.

Linz, who showed no emotion in previous court appearances, fought tears as she addressed the court.

"I know it's been hard fro everyone in Ian's family and those injured. I know I caused a great loss of a child's life and physical pain of two others," she said. "I love children, I know Ian was special to all of you, and I'm enormously sorry for what I've done....the pain I feel inside and will continue to feel inside is greater than any punishment I could receive."

FOX19.com staff

 

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