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Driver sentenced for hitting couple walking dogs

Associated Press

Grand Rapids – A driver who hit an elderly couple walking their dogs in August in western Michigan, killing one of them and one of their dogs, has been sentenced to at least two years in prison.

Kristina Ryl appears for her sentencing near defense attorney Josh Kuiper at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Monday, March 19, 2018.

Kristina Ryl learned her punishment Monday after earlier reaching a plea agreement in the case. Charges included operating while intoxicated causing death and operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.

Authorities say 75-year-old Joy Gillette was walking with her 77-year-old husband when Ryl failed to negotiate a turn and went off the road. Gillette died and her husband had serious injuries. Police say one dog died and another returned to the couple’s Grand Rapids home.

Ryl said in a statement to the Gillette family that “I hope and pray this sentencing can bring you peace and comfort.”

Kristina Ryl reacts as she listens to victim impact statement during her sentencing at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Monday, March 19, 2018.