Probation ordered in vehicular homicide
By Peter H. Milliken
A 35-year-old Boardman woman has been put on five years’ probation after she pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide.
Billie L. Mohr drew the sentence Friday from Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the June 5, 2011, death of her boyfriend, John Marr, 52, of Struthers, at Chelsea Court Apartments, 6300 South Ave., Boardman.
A witness said Marr was trying to stop Mohr from driving his car, when she drove over him and dragged him several feet before ascending a slight embankment and hitting a tree.
Neighbors had to lift the back end of the car to pull Marr from beneath it. Marr later died in St. Elizabeth Health Center.
“This was, frankly, an accident. There was no ill intent. She was not acting in a menacing sort of way,” Meghan Brundege, an assistant county prosecutor, said of Mohr.
“I feel so bad, and I do miss him,” Mohr said of Marr in her remarks to the judge.
“She is not a threat to society. This was a very isolated incident,” Mohr’s lawyer, Michael Kivlighan, told the judge.
Brundege and Kivlighan urged the judge to sentence Mohr to probation, and Brundege said she was making the recommendation “with the knowledge and consent” of Marr’s family.
Mohr has been incarcerated for more than two years, either in county jail or in a psychiatric hospital.
Judge Durkin ordered her released for case-management and residential placement by the Turning Point Counseling Center.
The judge ordered Mohr to follow her mental-health treatment plan and stay on her prescribed medications and not to drive any motor vehicles.
He warned her that any probation violation would land her in prison for five years.