Port Man Gets 9 Years Prison in Drunken, Fatal Crash

Jaron S. Omon of Port Washington was sentenced on Monday in connection to the accident that took the life of 37-year-old Kelly Phillips, also of Port.

The driver of the car in a one-vehicle crash that killed a Port Washington woman in June was sentenced to 9 years in prison on Monday in relation to the incident.

Jaron S. Omon, of Port Washington, plead guilty in September to the charges of homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Phillips. Omon's preliminary blood test showed a .22 blood alcohol content. 

In court on Monday, his defense attorney said his guilty plea showed he had taken responsibility for his decision to drive drunk, according to JSOnline.com. 

Phillips' son also appeared in court, making a statement: "I lost my best friend, my role model; someone who was always there with a hug or a smile," according to JSOnline.com.

The crash occurred at 6 a.m. June 10 at County Highway C north of Ulao Road in the town of Grafton, according to a press release from the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jaron Omon of Port Washington. Omon was not injured during the crash. Omon was charged with one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and is currently in the Ozaukee County Jail. His bail was set at $25,000.

Upon arrival, officers noticed the vehicle — a 4-door silver Mitsubishi — in the middle of the road fascing east; smoke was coming from under the hood, according to the release. The officer approached and found Phillips, who was already dead.

Omon was leaving a nearby residence when police arrived. Upon speaking with Omon, the officer noted no injuries but could see "his eyes were heavily bloodshot and glossy, his speech was heavily slurred and there was a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath," according to the criminal complaint.

Omon told the officer he had been driving Phillips home, but he did not remember where they were coming from or how the accident occurred. He told police he exited the vehicle imeadiately after the crash, and knew that Phillips was killed.

Matthew Drollinger November 16, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Amy and Sad Parent, this is certainly a sad situation for all involved. To ask for the death penalty, though, is incredibly harsh... According to Time Life, one in five Americans admits to driving drunk. To wish the death penalty upon this person is wishing it for 20% of your own family and friends. This is a case where the driver was not as lucky as most of the twenty percent, and Sad Parent, according to your own words, those 20% were out to kill on purpose. Do you really feel that this makes death a worthy punishment? There are many pressures to drink, particularly on alcoholics and on younger adults. We have laws and punishments to make people think twice about drinking irresponsibly, however when one is under the influence, their ability to make a good decision is reduced. I'm not making excuses for those who drive drunk, and I feel they do deserve punishment. Death is not an appropriate answer though. Very few drive drunk with the intent to kill, or even get in an accident for that matter. Sad Parent, as to what to tell the family, yes, "I'm truly sorry" is an appropriate response, and "I didn't do it on purpose" needs not be stated since it goes without saying. Since you got God involved, you said, "God says, 'Turn the other cheek'," God also says, "Forgive," and I don't ever recall God saying that death is punishable by death at man's hand. You may have heard of someone saying, "Two wrongs don't make a right." or "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Saassi November 28, 2012 at 08:04 AM
How sad that people think they can handle any situation after they've been drinking! Wake up everyone who drinks, this is as bad as just taking a gun and shooting someone with it and saying you didn't know it was loaded!
J November 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I believe it was Sandy Williams.
Jamesjak77 December 03, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Back in school, Jaron was the same way. I was shocked to read about this. I too hope that others will see this story and choose not to drink and drive.
Jamesjak77 December 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
So Carly should have gotten 27 years in prison then...judges are harder on men than women I am guessing...was it the same judge that sentenced Carly?


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