- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A Janesville man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a crash that caused the death of an unborn child.

Jameson Sughroue was eight months pregnant in April 2015 when a car driven by Brandon L. Russell went out of control and crashed into hers. Her unborn child died after an emergency cesarean section. Russell pleaded guilty in January to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He admitted smoking marijuana before the crash.

The Janesville Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/28VN6zf ) that at Russell’s sentencing Thursday, Sughroue showed pictures of scars on her body and told of the scars to her heart as she pleaded for the maximum sentence of 43 years.

“This crash has broken me,” she said.

Lisa Andreas, a consultant who investigated Russell’s background for the defense, testified he suffered sexual and emotional abuse as a child, lived in foster care and with a number of relatives, and he was never treated for that trauma.

She suggested the marijuana was an attempt at self-medication. Judge Michael Haakenson agreed but said it was no excuse.

Russell is alcohol and drug addicted and likely needs mental health treatment as well, Judge Michael Haakenson said, ordering both during the supervision phase of his sentence.

Russell said he was sorry and never would have smoked marijuana if he had known what would happen.

Also at the hearing, Haakenson sentenced Russell to 90 days in jail and 27 months of drivers license revocation for an earlier intoxicated-driving case_his third offense_that was pending at the time of accident.

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Information from: The Janesville Gazette, https://www.gazetteextra.com

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