ELYRIA — After six months, Adrianna Young believes she’s spent enough time in prison for crashing into an Amherst Township home and killing a mother and injuring a child in 2015. She is seeking to be released from prison.
On May 11, Young was sentenced to 4½ years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana. Young, 25, could have received eight years in prison.
In early November, Young filed a motion for judicial release in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 4 before county Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi.
“It is felt that this period of confinement has served to impress Ms. Young with the fact that violating the laws of the State of Ohio will not be tolerated and that the courts have the power to and will impose strong sentences for violating the laws,” the motion filed on Young’s behalf said. “Ms. Young believes that her period of incarceration has served its rehabilitative purpose and through counsel respectfully requests to be a candidate for Judicial Release.”
The motion also says that the request is in no way an attempt to disregard the incident that occurred and the lives it affected but “an attempt to continue to live a meaningful life that she now has a greater appreciation for.”
“At the time of entering her plea, defense counsel indicated on the record that the court was likely to impose a prison sentence but that, ‘the court would grant judicial release after six months provided that Adrianna had a good report from the warden of the institution,’” the motion said.
Defense attorney Jack Bradley said Miraldi said something to that effect on the record in the courtroom.
Shortly after the motion for judicial release was filed, the state filed its opposition to the motion.
“At 7:46 a.m. on July 28, 2015, the Defendant was driving down Leavitt Road, rushing to get to work and arguing with her girlfriend by text message on her cell phone, before she went off the road, drove through a field and then directly up and into the Majkuts’ living room,” the state’s filing said. “The Defendant’s car smashed through the window and wall and crashed completely inside the house.”
Debra Majkut was on the couch in the living room with her infant son, Jaxon, when Young’s vehicle entered the home. Her elder son, Jacob, was upstairs at the time with a friend who had slept over.
The two older boys and neighbors, Andrew and Ashley Koviak, rushed to the scene.
“It was at this point that Jacob said to Mr. Koviak, ‘I know my mom is dead. Just save my little brother,’” the state’s filing said. “At that, Mr. Koviak declared he would lift the car and Mrs. Koviak should try to get Jaxon out. While the defendant did nothing, Mr. Koviak strained to lift that car that was teetering slightly off of Jaxon’s baby bouncer.”
Young also lied to investigators, saying that something had run in front of her vehicle, causing her to swerve off the road, according to the state. She also tried to hide the fact she had marijuana in her system at the time of the crash from investigators, the state’s filing said.
Young also was recorded in the back of a trooper’s cruiser, speaking on her cell phone, and said, “I should have just ran. I couldn’t though, because there was a freaking baby under the car.”
“The ‘freaking baby’ that the defendant was referring to was Jaxon Majkut,” the state’s filing said. “The defendant’s actions that day not only lodged baby Jaxon under her vehicle, but scarred him for life both tangibly and intangibly. Were it not for the grace of God and the heroic efforts of the Koviaks and his big brother Jacob, Jaxon would be dead.”
The state said that a sanction other than a prison term for Young “will not adequately punish the offender and protect the public from future criminal violations by the eligible offender” and “would demean the seriousness of the offense because the factors indicate that the Defendant’s conduct in committing the offense was more serious that conduct normally constituting the offense.”
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