38 year old Terry Maxwell of Bonanza died when Brenda Tobin turned her pickup truck in front of his oncoming motorcycle.
The crash happened in August of 2018 on South Sixth Street near East Main.
Maxwell’s passenger Mandy Harris also suffered major injuries.
Tobin was sentenced Thursday morning in Klamath County Court.
Harris addressed Tobin directly at the hearing. “Brenda, you made a choice one night that not only impacted my kid’s lives, but everyone that knew Terry. I was in the hospital for 21 days.”
Tobin expressed remorse. “I know there’s nothing that I can ever do or say to make anybody ever feel better, or to take back what happened – but I’m just deeply and terribly sorry.”
Tobin pleaded ‘guilty’ to charges of attempted criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault as part of a plea deal.
She’ll lose her driving privileges for life, and be on probation for 3 years.
Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello says she’s aware many are frustrated that Tobin won’t be serving any time in prison.
Costello says evidence issues played a role in the decision to negotiate a plea.
“The defense filed a motion to suppress evidence.” Explains Costello. “During our discussions at the settlement conference, the judge felt that probably would have won – in which case, we would have had a very difficult time.”
Tobin will be serving a 30 day jail sentence starting February 20th.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.