Mary Kathryn Paul is headed to prison. A judge sentenced the Delaware County woman to serve 4 ½ years for involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash.
The Delaware County Common Pleas courtroom was packed with spectators, but all eyes were on one person: Mary Kathryn Paul.
“A sentence of less than five years will tell those who love Bob that his life is not cherished by this court,” Lennon’s sister, Jeanne Lennon said.
Mary Paul wiped away tears as she listened to Bob Lennon's family and friends.
“If she would have stopped, seen his glasses, looked and called; who knows? This could have been a different story,” Lennon’s sister, Beth Kraft said.
In September, Paul struck Bob Lennon with her car as he was riding his bike along a rural Delaware County road.
A coroner found that Lennon died instantly.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said Paul continued driving. Four days after the crash, Paul’s father became suspicious of the damage to her car and called an off-duty Delaware County sheriff’s deputy to investigate.
A member of Lennon’s former cross country team got angry in court, “She left our coach in a ditch,” she yelled. “We want you to know that he meant a lot to a lot of people and she deserves the maximum,” Annie Kobermann said.
Paul’s family says she is a severe diabetic, who also suffers from psychological disorders. She apologized to the court.
Paul said, “I ask everybody who has been impacted by this, my failures, for their forgiveness, I'm truly sorry; I never meant to kill Mr. Lennon.
Despite her remorse, the judge ordered her to prison. He also took away her driving privileges for the rest of her life in Ohio. She is ordered to pay $20,000 in fines and restitution.
September wasn’t the first time Mary Paul struck a cyclist with her vehicle; she struck and injured a cyclist back in 2011. She was charged with a misdemeanor. At that time, Paul claimed he could not see the cyclist because the sun was in her eyes.
The prosecutor in the case told 10TV that Paul is eligible to apply for early release after serving six months in prison.
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