ONLY ON FOX19: Guilty plea in deadly car crash

Samantha Spade
Samantha Spade

By Corey McConnell - bio | email

WARSAW, KY (FOX19) - The son of a local elected officials has pled guilty to causing the death of a Gallatin County High School valedictorian.

Samantha Spade was a nursing student at Northern Kentucky University when her life was cut short. She was driving on U.S. 127 in Gallatin County when a drunk driver hit and killed her.

On Monday, Matthew Miles, the son of the Gallatin County clerk, admitted his guilt. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.23 two hours after the deadly accident.

Spade was president of Gallatin County High School's chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving.

"She was just starting her life and in an instant she was gone," said her mother Debbie Powers.

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders was appointed special prosecutor on the case because of conflicts of interest with the local prosecutor.

"No plea deal, no sentence that he'll serve will ever bring Samantha Spade back cause God doesn't make people better than Samantha Spade," said Sanders.

In a packed courtroom, Miles shook and cried while he admitted guilt to manslaughter.

Miles had several DUI arrests on his record, all knocked down to lesser charges.

"He had his chances, unfortunately it came to a young lady losing her life before he learned his lesson," said Sanders.

For Samantha's family, no sentence will ever be enough.

"The charges will never be enough to bring back Samantha. She was the best little thing there was," said her grandmother, Nancy Caudill.

Miles will be sentenced on May 7, but the sentence is mandated as part of the plea deal. He'll be sentenced to 20 years and will be eligible for parole after four years.