ESCANABA - Emotions were tense during Monday's sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court as one family suffered the loss of two lives and another family faced the consequences of those deaths.
Harley Davidson Durocher, 25, of Little Lake was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for causing last year's deaths of Tom and Barbara Swift, each 73, of Escanaba.
The couple died of injuries suffered when their car was struck by a logging truck driven by Durocher, who failed to stop at a red light in Gladstone on March 20, 2013. The crash occurred on U.S. 2 & 41/M-35 at South Hill Road.
During Durocher's trial in April, a jury found him guilty of six charges - two counts of reckless driving causing death, two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license causing death, and two counts of operating a motor vehicle with the presence of a controlled substance (THC in marijuana) causing death.
Judge Stephen T. Davis ruled he spend a minimum of five years and six months to up to 15 years in prison on each of the two counts of reckless driving causing death.
Durocher was sentenced to a minimum of three years to up to 15 years in prison on each of the two counts of driving with the presence of a controlled substance (marijuana) causing death.
He was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for each of the two counts of driving with a suspended license causing death.
The above six sentences are to be served concurrently.
Durocher was ordered to have no contact with the Swift family and to pay $23,905 in restitution and $372 in fines and costs.