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Man pleads guilty in deadly 2019 Archer County crash

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 11:36 AM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Justice has been served two-and-a-half years after a fatal car crash.

Michael Reams on Thursday pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter in the January 2019 rollover that resulted in the death of Dylan Blake Rippy of Iowa Park.

Reams was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in jail and 10 years of probation. He will have to be routinely tested to determine if he is drinking and will not be able to go anywhere that serves alcohol.

“It was with the help of a thorough investigation conducted by DPS that we were able to reach a just outcome,” District Attorney Case Polhemus said. “We have grown to care deeply for this family over the time we have spent working closely with them in preparation for this day, and we are proud of the teamwork that has gone in to this resolution.”

The parents of Dylan, Bob and Lori Elmore said today was a good day. They hope this is a lesson for everyone who chooses to drink and get behind the wheel.

“We have had COVID to deal with and delays in the court system. Each and every day for the past two-and-a-half years has been so painful for this family,” Lori Elmore said. “I do feel like today we have some closure and I pray each and everyone of us can finally get a decent amount of sleep over this.”

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