Crash killed nephew, drunk uncle gets four years
Randoll Guy Sloan was sentenced to four years in prison on a single count of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of his nephew Kyle Boline, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.
Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Deborah Russell argued that Sloan, 48, of Eden Prairie, should be sent to prison. Russell pointed out that Sloan had not shown accountability for his actions, because until the scheduled trial date defense tried to prove the 23-year-old Boline was driving the speeding Corvette that night. Sloan pled guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide May 27, the day the trial was to begin.
Sloan’s attorney argued that Sloan claimed to have no memory of the night and that is why they hired an expert to analyze the evidence from the crash to determine who was driving. Sloan’s attorney requested that Hennepin County District Court Judge Fred Karasov depart downward from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines recommendation of 48 months in prison and sentence him to a year in jail and probation.
Judge Karasov said given the circumstances of a prior DWI, speeding, drunk driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and blaming the victim, Sloan receive 48 months in prison and a $6,000 fine.
“He [Sloan] knew alcohol was a huge problem to him… I don’t think we are talking about an isolated issue here,” Judge Karasov said.
Boline served in the Marine Corps and had recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He moved to Minnesota shortly before the accident. Boline’s mother, father, and wife all gave emotional victim impact statements. Two other letters by Boline’s brother and sister were read by a county attorney victim advocate. Each statement noted what a great and dedicated man Boline was. Everyone requested the maximum sentence for Sloan.
On August 1st, 2013, a witness told police he was traveling south on Eden Prairie Road when the Corvette passed him traveling well over the 45 miles per hour speed limit. The witness eventually came to a curve and saw the Corvette had left the road, slammed into a utility pole and flipped over, with its two passengers lying on the ground. Tests later determined that Sloan’s blood alcohol limit was .19, more than twice the legal limit.
Sloan was escorted out of the court room by officers to serve his sentence.