Created on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
COLUMBUS — Following an investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in coordination with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office, Ronald Godfrey, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Feb. 22 in Clermont County Common Pleas Court.
The sentence was part of a plea agreement in connection with the July 29, 2012, double fatal crash on State Route 32 at Bells Lane that killed Corean B. Hutcherson, 78, and Betty J. Hines, 75, both of Cincinnati.
Godfrey received 22 years' on two counts of involuntary manslaughter, four years' on two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, three years' for failure to comply with the lawful order of a police officer, and one year for obstruction of justice.
The crash occurred after Godfrey and his passenger, Jeffrey Moore, stole a 2011 Penske truck and car trailer. They were then observed attempting to steal a John Deere Gator from Cahall Brothers on State Route 125 in Amelia.
Godfrey and Moore were confronted, fled the scene and were later located by law enforcement on State Route 32.
They fled from officers who attempted to stop them and ultimately failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of State Route 32 and Bells Lane resulting in the fatal crash. After the crash, Godfrey attempted to run from the scene, but was apprehended by responding officers.
Moore remains incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail and is awaiting trial.