Halverson gets 20-to-life for Tahoe pedestrian’s death
Judge Steven Bailey called it a “particularly distressing case” before sentencing Halverson to 15 years to life for the first felony conviction and a consecutive, five-year enhancement for the second felony.
“It is no pleasure to sentence you to prison for life, but based on your 20- to 25-year record, or even longer, this court has no other opportunity or choice but to send you to prison for life,” Bailey told Halverson.
Halverson was convicted last October for a 2011 incident in which his vehicle struck and killed 51-year-old Patrick Purnell while Purnell was crossing Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe.
A jury found Halverson to be driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, but below a legal threshold of .08 percent. Jurors also found Halverson was driving on a suspended license, not wearing his corrective eye glasses, and fled the scene and failed to render aid or notify police after the fatal collision.
Halverson has eight prior convictions for driving under the influence. He faced ...