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May 16, 2014

Judge gives lenient sentence in fatal hit-and-run

Randall Rector ordered to serve one year house arrest and three years probation.

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“I’m so heartbroken over what transpired and how it affected the families,” he said softly. “I’m so sorry for all the grief this has caused. Please forgive me.”

After calling Renae Reede to the stand, Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann urged the judge to sentence Rector to a consecutive term, which would have resulted in a seven-year executed sentence.

Rodney Shrock, Rector’s attorney, urged the judge to give Rector a suspended sentence with either in-home detention or probation instead of prison time, stating that Rector has been through enough.

Shrock also pointed out Rector has no criminal convictions on his record and is not a risk at re-offending.

“If you think he hasn’t punished himself already, you’re wrong,” Shrock said.

The only evidence Shrock presented was Rector’s unsworn statement.

A Class C felony, reckless homicide charge also filed in the case was dismissed as part of the plea.

According to police, Rector failed to stop after hitting the mo-ped driven by Christian Reede. Brown, a passenger on the moped, suffered serious injuries to his leg and is recovering. Neither he nor his family testified at Rector’s sentencing.

Police learned of Rector’s identity a week after the accident, after police say he tried to commit suicide. Officers then searched his home on Highland Springs Drive and discovered Rector’s damaged truck, the charging information stated.

Rector was given credit for 62 days he served in the Howard County jail after his arrest.

Mike Fletcher can be reached at 765-454-8565 or mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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