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Man involved in deadly hit-and-run will not face jail time

Justin Votaw was charged with five counts of leaving the scene of a crash. The crash killed Jonathan Tracy and Alisa Arseneau. Votaw pleaded guilty back in April.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 12:06 PM
Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 12:17 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A man who left the scene of a deadly hit-and-run crash back in 2017 will not face jail time.

Justin Votaw was charged with five counts of leaving the scene of a crash. The crash killed Jonathan Tracy and Alisa Arseneau. Votaw pleaded guilty back in April. Judge Surbeck initially pushed the sentencing back to have time to consider all of the circumstances.

Friday in court Surbeck said evidence finds Votaw did not cause the crash, and while he was legally obligated to stay, it would not have changed the outcome of the crash.

Votaw was injured himself in the crash, including a head injury. Votaw also has custody of two young children, and said after court he is expecting another baby.

Surbeck sentenced Votaw to a total of seven years. Three of those will be spent in home detention, and then he will face four years of probation. He is not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol while serving his sentence. His license was also suspended for two years.

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