FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Jesse Whitaker pleaded guilty Tuesday to two criminal charges and one traffic charge.
Tuesday Whitaker pleaded guilty to charges of falsification, possession of alcohol, and operating a vehicle under the influence.
Whitaker was sentenced to 28 days in jail followed by 30 days house-arrest. He will be required to use an alcohol monitor while under house-arrest. He will then serve three years probation and has been ordered to get a mental health assessment.
Whitaker had been out of jail on bond facing charges that he was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his car on US Route 35 in Beavercreek.
Whitaker was convicted of vehicular manslaughter as a juvenile for a crash in November 2012 that killed three Bellbrook teenagers. The night of the accident, Whitaker was never tested for drugs or alcohol.
Janet Carpenter, the mother of Sophie Kerrigan, one of the three Bellbrook teenagers that was killed in a car accident says his latest punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
“Laws need to be changed. I think he wouldn’t be getting a 28-day slap on the hand in jail, if it were the judge’s daughter or son that were six feet under,” said Carpenter.
Whitaker, then 17 at the time, was the driver of the car that Sophie was killed in three years ago. Ever since Carpenter says officials didn’t have enough probable cause to test Whitaker’s alcohol and drug level, she’s been fighting for tougher legislation.
Whitaker is also scheduled to appear in a Dayton courtroom for a separate, unrelated charge. Weeks after his DUI, he was charged with underage drinking at the University of Dayton.