Motion to reduce sentence in fatal DUI rejected

CLEARFIELD — President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman rejected a motion from Gregory A. Millinder Jr., 33, of Madera for less prison time recently handed down for a fatal DUI crash.

Last month, Millinder pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle, both a felonies of the second degree; endangering the welfare of children, a misdemeanor of the first degree; recklessly endangering another person, a misdemeanor of the second degree; and careless driving, a summary offense.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 2, 2017, Millinder was driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler onstate Route 53 in Woodward Township with his 8-year-old daughter as a passenger when his vehicle swerved into the opposing lane and struck a 1963 Corvette operated by Danielle Gillette and passenger Susan Gillette.

Millinder’s vehicle then struck a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air operated by Gary Stover and his fiance, Mary Teresa Caprio, 67, of Lock Haven.

Caprio was killed in the crash and Stover was seriously injured and was flown to UPMC Altoona for treatment. The Gillettes both suffered minor injuries in the crash, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Clearfield-based state police reported Millinder showed signs of impairment and lab test results showed Millinder was under the influence of methamphetamine as well as the prescription medication Clonazepam.

Ammerman sentenced Millinder to a minimum of 42 months to a maximum of 10 years on the homicide by vehicle charge, and fined him $1,000 plus costs, and a minimum of 30 months to five years consecutive on the aggravated assault by vehicle — for a total of six to 15 years in state prison.