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Motorist Gets Up To 10 Years In Tunkannock Woman’s Death

January 11, 2018 GMT

A Bradford County man was sentenced to 5 to 10 years for an accident that killed a 90-year-old Tunkhannock woman. Before he was sentenced, John Russell Hanyen, 55, of Milan, listened as Holly Acquino, the daughter of the late Maxine Stroka, asked the judge give Hanyen a stiff sentence. Hanyen was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the September 2017 incident. Acquino said her mom was taking out the trash Sept. 5, 2017, when “your car hit and killed her.” She told Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff that he did not stop and give aid, but instead drove off. “She did not deserve to be treated as trash left on the side of the road where she took her last breath,” Acquino said. Acquino looked at Hanyen and said, “I’m a Christian woman so I forgive you for what has been done, but I’m not sure my family can.” In addition to the prison time for the vehicular homicide, Hanyen was fined $500 and ordered to pay $3,970 in restitution. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and serve two to six months in state prison for a second DUI arrest, with the time consecutive to the other sentence. Hanyen also received credit for 127 days already spent in the Wyoming County jail. Contact the writer: bbaker@wcexaminer.com