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Crimora Woman to Serve 2 Years for Involuntary Manslaughter

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A Crimora woman charged with a fatal wreck that killed her ex-husband and daughter will spend two years behind bars.

Police say Jessica Lewis was driving under the influence on Half Mile Branch Road in Crozet, when she lost control of her vehicle and hit a tree last November. The car then caught fire. Lewis is the only person to survive the crash. Lewis' passengers, 20-year-old Amber Johnson and 40-year-old Michael Johnson, died at the scene.

Disagreements over Lewis' sentencing sparked drama outside the courtroom Wednesday. Many family members feel the sentence was a slap on the wrist, a while others are questioning what prosecutors say caused the crash.  

Lewis was sentenced to 10 years on both counts of involuntary manslaughter with a total of 18 years suspended.

Jessica's uncle, Steve Trunzo, became involved in a heated exchange with Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jon Zug. Zug made a statement that Lewis was under the influence of marijuana and driving too fast and that is what caused the crash. Trunzo claims she was under duress and that's to blame for the accident.

Zug calls the sentence disappointing.

"I thought it was appropriate that she receive a four year sentence. I believed that when you look at all the other cases that I've handled of this nature that this called for it, so no, I'm not entirely pleased with this," said Zug.  

Along with the 2 year active sentence, Lewis was given 20 years good behavior, no alcohol or illegal drugs, and will have to pay $8,000 restitution in the first year after her release.


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