KENNEBEC — A Kennebec man was sentenced last week to 60 days in prison and 500 hours of community service for his involvement in an April 2019 crash that killed a passenger in the vehicle he was driving.
Jordan Miller, 27, pleaded guilty to the second-degree manslaughter of 27-year-old Matthew Denke, also of Kennebec, on Nov. 7 and was sentenced on Feb. 6.
At 4:11 a.m. on April 4, Miller was driving a 2005 Chrysler 300 east on BIA Highway 10, 20 miles northeast of Kennebec, when the car crossed the center line, Miller steered to the right and the vehicle went off the road and into a ditch, where it flipped.
Miller and Denke, both of whom were reported to not have been wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, were ejected from the vehicle. Denke was pronounced dead at the scene, and Miller was taken to the hospital for serious injuries. A blood sample taken from Miller indicated a BAC of 0.086 after the crash, according to an affidavit.
In addition to second-degree manslaughter, a Class 4 felony, Miller was initially also charged with vehicular homicide, a Class 3 felony, and a first-offense DUI, a Class 1 misdemeanor. The remaining charges were dismissed when Miller entered a guilty plea in November.
Judge Bridget Mayer gave Miller a 10-year suspended prison sentence and ordered him to pay a $2,500 fine, $326 in testing costs and $104.50 in court costs. His prison sentence began the day he was sentenced, and he'll spend 15 years on probation after his release.
Miller must participate in community-based services including Moral Reconation Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse, and he must record a minimum of 100 hours of community service per year until he reaches 500 hours.