Wickliff gets 26 years for causing death of Rep. Roland Stine

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Franklin, October 1, 2003 (AP) - A man who admitted driving while intoxicated was sentenced to 26 years in prison Wednesday for causing a crash that killed a state legislator as he drove home from the Indiana Statehouse.
     
Alan Wickliff, 32, pleaded guilty in Johnson County Superior Court to drunken driving charges in connection with the death of state Rep. Roland Stine, who died in the April 24 collision.
     
Judge Cynthia Emkes sentenced Wickliff to 20 years for causing a death while driving drunk. He also was sentenced to three years on each of two marijuana charges.
     
The latter two sentences will be served at the same time, meaning Wickliff could spend up to 23 years in prison.
     
During an emotional two-hour hearing, the Stine family's pastor read a statement from Stine's wife and daughter.
     
"Roland was the cement that held us all together. The hurt will never end," the Rev. Robert Campbell read on behalf of Stine's wife, Carole.
     
Prosecutors said Wickliff was drunk when his pickup truck crossed the center line on Indiana 44 about 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis, striking the 62-year-old lawmaker's vehicle.
     
Stine, a Republican serving his first term in the General Assembly, was on his way home to Shelbyville after the House had adjourned for the evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
     
Police said Wickliff's blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent - twice the amount at which Indiana law considers a driver intoxicated.
     
Stine was a longtime middle school teacher in Shelbyville, and Wickliff had been one of his students.
     
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