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Gilman sentenced to six months for summer double-fatality

The driver responsible for an August crash that killed two local teen passengers was sentenced by Bellefontaine Municipal Court Judge Ann Beck Wednesday afternoon.

Matthew Gilman (pictured), 23, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was sentenced to 180 days in the Logan County Jail, two years community control, a four-year license suspension, a $1,000 fine, and court costs for two first-degree misdemeanor charges of vehicular homicide along with traffic citations for failure to control and passing on the right.

An additional sentence of six months in jail was suspended by Judge Beck.

On December 14th, Gilman pleaded no contest to two counts of vehicular homicide.

Judge Beck found Gilman guilty for a two-vehicle crash that killed passengers Megan Smith, 19, of West Liberty, and Matthew Stewart, 19, of DeGraff, on August 3rd.

Moments after his plea, Gilman was lodged in the Logan County Jail. He will be given credit for 33 days of jail time.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office said Gilman was northbound on Route 68 near Oakhill Medical Center when he drove to the right of a vehicle that was stopped to make a turn into a business.

Gilman drove into a ditch, overcorrected, and then crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by Jarrad Parker, 36, of Marysville.

Gilman was taken from the scene by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. Parker was transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana by Riverside EMS while a passenger in Parker's vehicle, Steven Curtis, 36, of Sardinia, was taken to Mary Rutan Hospital by Macochee EMS.

Smith and Stewart were pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash closed Route 68 for over three hours.

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