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Poland man gets prison for aggravated vehicular homicide

Published: Fri, March 16, 2012 @ 4:49 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A judge sentenced a 31-year-old Poland man to seven years in prison and revoked his driver’s license for life after the defendant pleaded guilty as charged to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of a 79-year-old woman.

Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court today imposed the sentence on Kevin Rolland, of Katahdin Drive, in the May 11, 2011, death of Vera Gabrick of Youngstown.

The elderly woman died in a two-car accident at Midlothian Boulevard and Hudson Avenue on the city’s South Side, where she sustained blunt-force injuries to the abdomen. She was wearing a seat belt.

The indictment states that Rolland had been convicted of a prior traffic-related homicide in May 1997 when he was a juvenile. That case was handled in the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

A check with Mahoning County courts shows that Rolland has had multiple driving violations, primarily in Boardman Township, beginning in 2000.


1seminole(476 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Trash...and, in the true colors of Mahining Valley justice this a--hole killed someone in 1997 and was allowed to get a license again...where is the accountability in this outhouse? This trash should not have ever had a license again, regardless of whether he was a minor in '97 or not. Typical bs...was Gains prosecutor back then?...

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2silentgrandpa(22 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm not very happy that Kevin Rolland only got seven years in prison but it makes me happy that he will become someone's girlfriend in prison.

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3jimmyd123(196 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

What you people fail to understand is when this jerk was a minor, he was convicted and sentenced until he was 21. At that time he was released and by Ohio law, was allowed to get his license back. The Ohio Revised Code says, " For a felony of the second degree, the prison term shall be two, three, four, five, six, seven, or eight years. Plus his license was revoke for life. We all know when he gets out that he will drive again, but according to the law you can only do so much.

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