Woman Gets 4 Years In Alcohol-Related Fatal Crash

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 49-year-old Lakeville woman was sentenced to four years in prison in Dakota County Court on Tuesday in connection with a fatal accident involving a stalled vehicle on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights last December.

Julie Ann Fischer was charged Dec. 20, 2010, with one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide and one gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm. She pleaded guilty to the charges on Sept. 13.

According to criminal complaint, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to a report of an accident on I-35E at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2010. When authorities arrived, they discovered that a 50-year-old St. Paul resident later identified as Tijuan Moore, died in a stalled vehicle after being hit by Fischer.

The complaint states Fischer told authorities she had been drinking and failed field sobriety tests that followed. A review of her criminal past showed she had a previous alcohol-related revocation of her license from September 18, 2010.

  • What the heck

    oh what a slap on the wrist….oh yeah because shes a woman!!!

  • TL the alligator

    what?….4 years?…..what a f’n joke…..she should be doing 20 years as they all should when KILLING someone because they are/were drunk

    • Drivers ed instructor

      As crazy as 4 years sounds, this is typical for women offenders to get sentenced. Drink and driving laws need to be more strict!

      • p

        This is not typical for a woman, 4 years is the Minnesota guildelines for criminal vehicular homicide. A man killed my sister while impaired and he did not even get this sentence. My story is below:

  • markH

    This woman has a face that would make a train take a dirt road! Four years for taking a life? Minnesota’s lawmakers, judges, and citizens do not consider drunken driving to be an actual crime. Sure, they have penalties for being caught driving while drunk and you may even serve a year or two if you actually kill an innocent person while driving drunk-but there can be no greater proof that Minnesota could care less about ridding our roads of drunks that to simply review the sentences received for breaking the law. I think news stations should report the name of the moron judge(s) who hand down these “go stand in the corner” sentences so we can all call or write them. Then again, I’ve read a number of stories in the past year or so where the judge was charged or convicted of the same crime-proof that not even those in the legal system itself considers drunken driving to be any big deal.

  • p

    Four years is what the Minnesota guidelines call for, the law says 10 years. I am well aware of what these laws are due to the fact that my sister was killed by an impaired driver and her son, my nephew, was injured. The man that killed her worked in a bar, he had 2 previous DUI’s and 1 Implied Consent (which is a refusal to take a breath test). He plead guilty. The judge that did the sentencing gave him 1 year in county jail, not prison. The judge said that he would not take the previous impaired driving convictions into consideration when doing the sentencing for this.
    The law allows that they only have to spend 2/3’s of their sentence incarcerated. He was out in under 8 months from sentencing. I was one of the people that read Victim Impact Statements, in which I pleaded with the judge to, at the very least, follow the Minnesota guidelines. He put him on probation for 10 years, in which it was stated that the man was not to work in a bar. Probation was to have ended in 2016. Another judge released him from probation 3 years ago, he is now back working behind a bar.
    The laws for criminal vehicular homicide are pitiful in the state of Minnesota.But, I do feel more stongly that the judges SHOULD be following what the guidelines are, not just choosing whatever it that they want it to be when someone is killed. When these particular judges are on the election ballot, they are running unopposed, so I don’t think that there will be any changes.

    • Me

      I am so sorry for your loss. I agree with you 100%! These laws need to be changed for drinking and driving. You have 1 drink don’t drive. Simple as that. You drink, don’t drive; you drive don’t drink.

  • CommonMan

    I am so sick of hearing “Minnesota guildelines called for only 4 years etc …” Change the f$#^# ing guildelines. What are these guildelines written by God and we can never change them? Start asking people running for office iif they support getting rid of these 1960’s stupid guildelines and go to a “You do the Cime, you do the time”. No more Minnesota guildelines says they only have get ..whatever joke of a jail term”.

  • Betty B

    You are right CommonMan, where did these guildelines that everyone hates come from and why do we have to hear over and over again how some clown got out in half ther time, killid again and then got only 2 yesrs because of Minnesota guildelines. Make this a issue for the next elections. GET RID OF THE Minnesota guildelines. Crime = The Time as the law is written. 10 years means 10 years!

  • Wisconson laws suck

    Would have been less in Wisconson. My nephew was struck by a drunk driver when he was walking accross a street. He (the nephew) also had been drinking. He died a week later. The quy walked without having to spend anytime in jail.

  • anti bachmann

    why isnt joe sensers wife behind bars oh thats right if you dont drink and hit somebody i guess its ok

  • Jeff

    let’s give her 2 months probation and pass the hat for a face lift.

  • Bob P

    The woman that hit and killed a man on Lake St two years ago got 2 WEEKS of jail for hitting a man on the street and blew him out of his shoes. She happens to live in Kenwood and is rich. Justice is blind, but she can hear the jingle of cash.

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