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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gleason Sentenced Up To 23.3 Years In Prison For Potter County Double Fatal Crash

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On April 11, 2017, Derrick Gleason was sentenced by Senior Judge John B. Leete for causing the death of two young women and causing serious bodily injury to another motorist. On September 18, 2015, Gleason was traveling north on State Route 872 in Wharton Township with two passengers, Jessica McKay and Colleen Ackley- Churchill. 

According to Commonwealth witnesses, Gleason was traveling 85-90 mph, approached a right hand curve in the roadway, and tried to overtake a vehicle in the left hand lane on the corner. While in the corner, Gleason struck a 2015 Jeep head on driven by a one Steven Weimer. As a result of Gleason’s reckless behavior, both female passengers in Gleason’s vehicle were instantly killed, and the driver of the jeep, Weimer, suffered broken ribs and other injuries.

Gleason was charged by Trooper Stephanie Makin with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, two counts of Homicide by Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and nine Summary Traffic Offenses. A trial was held between February 13-15, 2017, and District Attorney, Andy Watson, prosecuted the case. Gleason was found guilty of all counts by the jury. 

At sentencing on April 11, 2017, Gleason received a total sentence of 140-280 months, or approximately 11.6-23.3 years in State Prison. 

District Attorney Watson wishes to thank Trooper Makin, Corporal Sean Batterson, Corporal Stephen Schmit and the witnesses that testified at the time of trial. Coudersport based State Police conducted a very thorough investigation in the case. Additionally, the District Attorney extends his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.

29 comments :

Anonymous said...

Only 11 1/2 years for taking 2 lives and seriously injuring another one NEEDLESSLY????? Wow, crime pays in McKean and also in Elk Co's..... Try that in Jefferson Co and see what happens!

Anonymous said...

This is crazy I have seen larger sentencing for drugs.

Anonymous said...

I understand the ire of the people concerning the sentence. A very close loved one of mine was killed by someone who was on the wrong side of the road, on a curve, on a bridge, as far as I was concerned it was murder. This person didn't even lose their license and had the nerve to say it was just an accident. I'll never forgive the system for this, it is so wrong. Prayers to the families of these two who died in this accident.

Anonymous said...

Try killing 6 on 219 and only getting 10-18 years,while on drugs.

Anonymous said...

It is the liberal judges that are root problem of these silly sentences!

Shawn said...

Why do some people need to drive like this? You do not pass a vehicle on a curve/ben because you can not see the on coming traffic. You do not take a corner at 80-90mph. Some people just don't get it wreckless driving can kill people. I am saddened by this that these two ladies died because of the irresponsibility of this moron. When you have other occupants in the vehicle and you are driving the vehicle you are responsible for their safety!

Anonymous said...

Testimony in this case as well as information revealed outside of the courtroom exposed a very troubling underbelly of society -- irresponsible lifestyles, very poor choices, poor parenting, substance abuse and the ultimate finding that some people through repeated episodes have proven that they do not belong in society and will forever present a risk. Had previous offenses been more strictly punished and had individuals had stronger parental influences and consequences for behaviors earlier in life, this tragedy very likely would have been averted. And that's a fact, Jack.

Anonymous said...

Well I had a post all written but it disapearred!!!
But I will try again!
It doesn't really matter how much time they give him....
It won't bring the girls back!
I never met Jess but I loved Collene dearly! She was family to me!
I pray now that there is closure for all families concerned.
I know my Eenie (Collene) wouldn't want anyone to be full of any hate. She was too full of love for that!

Anonymous said...

Wow, two lives gone forever. Children, relatives & friends in mourning. Doesn't fit the sentence, by ANY means!

Anonymous said...

Look up the definition of sociopath/psychopath. There is no cure.

Anonymous said...

He certainly should have gotten many more years than he did. He will be out in 10 on good behavior.

Anonymous said...

That's today's world you're living in!
Look what the law gives these people that beat & murder innocent, defenseless children, nothing but 2-3 yrs if that, they get out do it again!
The laws are not fair!!!

Anonymous said...

The sentence exceeded the state guidelines and was in the aggravated range. If people don't like the law, speak to the legislature. The crimes here were categorized as reckless, not intentional which greatly affects the sentences. By the way, Pa. doesn't have "good time."

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the additional sentence that some of these people have for the rest of their lives - dealing with the guilt and regret. That, in itself, is the worst part of their sentence.

Anonymous said...

That is very true, this young man will live with this tragedy the rest of his life especially them all being friends, like "three peas in a pod", very heartbreaking!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

its not going to bother him later in life he doesnot care look at his life before this

Cathy bolding said...

Three peas in a pod???? Oh hell no. This man abused my sister!!! He is a pos. Get your facts straight! He was not her friend! Aughhh really???

Anonymous said...

Ummm..who saved her life 2 weeks before when she overdosed?

Anonymous said...

He will serve at least 15 yrs not 10, I understand he was already doing 4 yrs for something else, I believe he was already on probation before the accident...prayers for all the families

Anonymous said...

LOL to the people saying "he will get out on good behavior"... Are you serious??? Have you met this kid? He is incapable of good behavior!

Cathy bolding said...

Ha ha ha it was one week! And he was the cause of her wanting to kill her self and get away from his scumbag ass!! Some serious dumb people.

Anonymous said...

You all need to be praying for the families, the families are the ones to be concerned about!!!!!!
stop the trash talk!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Amen & Amen........

heygrupp said...

Well it is potter co.They sentence non violent drug offenders to less time than child molesters every week.I saw this firsthand.

Anonymous said...

Well, you all can say what you want, none of it matters, as someone said they were all like "three peas in a pod", he couldn't have been to mean, they were all together, always seen at Mickey-Dees n plus the night of the accident!!
The girls are now dancing away on the streets of gold!

Jennifer Carev said...

I'm sure my post is not going to be liked by very many people I'm sure I'm going to get threats again but I don't care I'm going to speak my mind and not hide behind anonymous!! This was a HORRIFIC accident, not a malicious act done on purpose, Derrick wasn't high under the influence. I love Collene & Jess in fact they both called me mom. We hung out daily and texted all day. No Derrick isn't perfect but he's NOT the monster some of y'all want to portray!! There was no justice in this verdict just more pain & heartache. Neither of the girls would be happy to read some of the hateful things floating around online. I do have to ask where were all you people when the girls were alive ??? Stop the hate and pray for all families involved in this tragedy please. Also Kelly is a wonderful woman who loves her son stop making her into a horrible person like I read in various places. Yes her son made a mistake but y'all don't have all the facts quit gossiping like you know something!! God bless and try a little more compassion instead of hatred.

Anonymous said...

Amen Mama Jenn, I commend you for speaking out, God Bless you, you were a real Mama to three of them & everyone, you are so right, I know Jenn & Colleen wouldn't appreciate all these nasty comments. Derrick in no way maliciously, purposely, intentionally caused this terrible tragedy, those three hung out all the time, I never knew him to be mean to anyone, He'll live with this for the rest of his life, Im just thankful Jess & Derrick accepted the Lord & you lead Colleen to the Lord, God is good !! Kelly is a sweetheart & yes there's no winners, & people need to be praying for all families invovled not condemning them!!

Anonymous said...

You's are so right, where was everyone when they were alive, Jess told us her family didn't even talk to her, they took her babies away from her. We do pray for everyone, we were at McDonalds when Jess & Derrick accepted the Lord, Jess shared a lot with us, well she's in heaven for sure!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And I could tell you a lot more what my friends Jess & Colleen shared wit us but I'm not going to break our confidence, neither one had an easy life, As far as Derrick, he wasn't as bad as they all try to make him out to be, those three we called the three musketeers!!!!!!!