Judge denies shock probation for woman drunk driver



Posted on January 5, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 5 at 6:53 PM

(WHAS11) - A judge has now denied shock probation for a young Louisville woman involved in a fatal drunk driving incident.

Emily Hall admitted to drinking and driving underage and plead guilty to killing a truck driver in a crash.

But late Tuesday afternoon, the judge said Hall would consume 24 beers a day and her imprisonment is necessary for the protection of the public.

Emily Hall pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in March of 2008 in the crash that killed Abram Reimer, 53.

“I cannot explain to you in words just how sorry I am. First and foremost I want to apologize to the Reimers, Mr. Reimer’s wife and family.  I am immensely sorry and so very remorseful for what I have done.  There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Mr. Reimer and his entire family,” read Attorney Steve Schroering from a letter Hall wrote.

Its Emily Hall's letter to show the judge, the victims family and her own family how much she regrets the night in November of 2007.

“She has gotten an intense dose of what a nightmare prison can be she was not put in a halfway house or treated differently than others it has deeply affected her,” he said.

Hall was asking for shock probation after spending 10 months in prison for manslaughter.

But late Tuesday afternoon a judge denied that request.
She plead guilty to killing truck driver Abram Reimer in a drunk driving crash on the Watterson Expressway.

His wife was also in the truck.

 “Ms. Reimer was trapped in the cab of that truck while her husband lay dying in the road. She is still in therapy she can no longer drive because of this crash,” said Prosecutor Kristi Gray.

In a statement written by the victim's wife, Katharina Reimer said quote "the horror I have been through is a living hell"

Her statement goes on to say "Emily Hall needs to pay the consequences for driving under the influence and killing Abe.  She ruined our lives!"

Prosecutors argued that Hall had a DUI 6 months prior to the fatal crash and her actions are not something that shock probation is for.

“It’s also a message that needs to be sent to the community judge this is a serious offense when you make those choices these actions can result in the ultimate consequences for someone else.”
Hall's mother spoke during Tuesday’s hearing saying her daughter had a drinking problem and needs help outside of prison to be fully rehabilitated.
She also says Hall wants to talk to young people about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Again, the judge denied the shock probation request saying that he believes she will likely continue to drive under the influence if released from prison.