By ROXANN MILLER
6:50 PM EST, February 20, 2013
A Chambersburg man charged in a 2011 traffic crash that claimed the life of a Shippensburg woman will not serve jail time following Wednesday’s sentencing in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
President Judge Douglas W. Herman sentenced Jeffrey David Davies, 22, to 72 months to be divided between wearing an electronic monitoring device and probation.
Davies was charged with homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault in connection with the Jan. 4, 2011, crash that killed Kristi L. Myers, 18, of Shippensburg, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.
Davies was found guilty of homicide by vehicle in a December jury trial in Franklin County, according to online court records.
Before Herman sentenced Davies, the victim’s parents, Beverly and Daryl Myers, addressed the court.
“Two years and 47 days is the sentence I have served, and I cannot have it reduced,” sobbed Beverly Myers, Kristi’s mother.
She said she prays for Davies and his family.
“He is not a bad person, but there were decisions that were made that day,” Beverly Myers said as her voice trailed off.
Several people spoke in support of Davies prior to his sentencing.
Monica (Davies) Cleary asked Judge Herman to show her brother leniency.
“I want you to take into consideration the loss that we carry and the loss that Jeffrey will carry the rest of his life,” Cleary said, choking back sobs.
Davies also addressed the court.
“I come here today ready to accept whatever punishment,” Davies said his voice cracking. “I am happy to hear that Kristi’s parents don’t consider me a horrible person.”
Police said Davies was eastbound on U.S. 30 near Sollenberger Road in Hamilton Township, Pa., when he lost control of his 2001 Ford Mustang.
Police said the vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a steel pole head-on.
Myers was in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt, Franklin County
Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said at the time.
Davies was treated at the Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries.
A second passenger Kiersten E. Cole, of Fayetteville, Pa., was flown to York Hospital (Pa.) Hospital for moderate injuries, police said.
As the Myers family walked out of the courtroom, Daryl Myers said, “We never wanted anything bad for Jeffrey.”
“But we thought there should have been some jail time because there was loss of life,” he said.
For the family, the grief of losing their child is a daily struggle.
But, Beverly Myers said she knows her daughter would want her to forgive.
“It’s hard for a mother to lose a child, but I know my daughter’s heart,” she said.
“She was a very forgiving person. It guides me in my forgiveness,” Beverly Myers said. “She was very outgoing — she was everybody’s friend.”
As Davies left the courtroom, he said he was relieved that it was over.
“I am thankful the family didn’t condemn me as a monster,” Davies said with tears in his eyes.
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