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Winston Wood, Boater In Fatal Crash, Sentenced To Six Years

Winston Wood mug shot

Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Dept.

Wood was convicted of leaving the scene of a boating accident which left a woman and her grandson dead.

The man convicted of leaving the scene of an accident on Lake Monroe which killed two people in June of 2010 has been sentenced to six years in the criminal justice system.

Though Winston Wood’s sentence is nominally six years, he could spend less than a year behind bars for leaving the scene of the crash which killed Susan Collier, injured her husband Rusty and killed their grandson Gage Pruett.

Rusty Collier didn’t attend the hearing, but sent a letter read by his daughter Melanie Floerke in which he asked for the maximum sentence to be pronounced.

Judge Jane Craney did not give Wood the full eight years in jail he could have served, but did give Wood two years behind bars, two on home detention and another two on probation.

Monroe County Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller told members of the Collier family after the proceedings he was a little surprised.

“The judge saw the same issues and concerns that I raised in my remarks about his lack of recognition of not only the duty he had at the time of the accident but also the lack of responsibility for his role in it thereafter,” Miller says.

Wood’s lawyers asked for their client’s sentence to be stayed as they pursue an appeal, but Judge Craney denied the motion.

Since Wood has been in jail awaiting his sentencing, he will get some credit for time served.  Add that to the state’s two-for-one rule which gives two days credit for every day served behind bars and Wood could begin his home detention in fewer than 12 months.

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