ELYRIA — -In an emotionally-charged hearing Gerald Wetherbee Jr. was sentenced today to 34 years in prison for killing two members of the Tomasheski family and critically injuring two others in a car crash last June.
Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge gave Wetherbee just two years shy of the maximum sentence in the case. The judge also noted that Wetherbee suffers from emphazema and is unlikely to live long enough to leave prison.
Wetherbee pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, DUI and driving under suspension. Prosecutors dropped unrelated charges the convicted sex offender lied about his address when registering his status in exchange for his plea.
Tom Tomasheski, a corporal at the Lorain County Jail, was driving his family’s Honda Civic on state route 83 in Grafton when Whetherbee’s Kia Optima veered into the car. Tomasheski and his daughter Daniel were critically injured in the crash that killed Tammy Tomasheski and the couple’s son, Tommy.
Tom Tomasheski and his family had harsh words fore Wetherbee as the described the horror, pain and tragedy he had inflicted on their family.
Wetherbee’s driver’s license was suspended and he had a blood alcohol level of 0.209, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.
See Saturday’s Chronicle for more on this story.