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People angered by sentencing of 8 days for vehicular homicide in Leavenworth Co.

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A recent court ruling in Leavenworth County is stirring emotions and discussion online.

Meanwhile, the county attorney says an eight-day sentence actually falls within the sentencing guidelines for the crime.

Comments flooded the Facebook post with the news as people looked for answers as to how a man was sentenced to eight days in jail after being charged with vehicular homicide in 2016.

“There’s different level of crime, depending on the facts of the case,” said Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County Attorney.

It happened at 155th Street and Fairmont. Thompson said Terry McKay ran a stop sign and crashed into a car, killing Tony Rorabacher.

Thompson said McKay stopped and went to help Rorabacher after the collision.

“My office does not make the determination of what the sentence is,” Thompson said. “The judge does.”

Thompson said that, for the charge, eight-days falls within the sentencing guidelines. McKay could have had probation or faced up to a year in jail.

“The justice system is not built upon just handing out punishments and 'go to jail,'” Thompson said. “It is built upon making sure people become better citizens and don’t make that mistake again.”

On Friday, two other people were charged in Leavenworth County Court. Sixty-year-old Victoria Smith will spend 155 months in prison for killing her mother. Twenty-two-year-old William Wilson will spend one year in county jail and 3 years on probation after killing his brother and his uncle in a drunk driving crash.

Terry McKay will serve his eight-day sentence over the holidays.

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