With his voice cracking and tears welling in his eyes, the father of a 15-year-old girl killed by a drunken driver spoke Thursday about the loss his family must shoulder.
Marty Linscott’s daughter, Alexandra Linscott, was killed Oct. 4 when a car driven by Omahan Paige Seaton, 22, crossed the center line on Nebraska Highway 50 and collided with a car driven by Elisa Linscott, Marty’s wife and Alexandra’s mother.
Elisa Linscott, now 49, was seriously injured in the crash, which occurred just north of the Platte River.
Prosecutors said Seaton had a blood-alcohol level of .180, more than double the legal limit.
In April, Seaton pleaded guilty to motor vehicle homicide and causing serious bodily injury while driving drunk.
At Seaton’s sentencing Thursday, Marty Linscott asked Sarpy County District Judge Stefanie Martinez to exact justice.
“Most of the consequences have nothing to do with the defendant,” he said. “It has to do with the sentence she imposed on my family and the sentence that she executed. ‘Executed’ is a loaded term. She executed my daughter. It was no different than pointing a loaded gun into a crowd.”
The judge sentenced Seaton to 40 to 50 years in prison for motor vehicle homicide and three years for DUI-causing bodily injury. Under state sentencing laws, Seaton will be eligible for parole after 20 years and must be released after 25. Her driver’s license was revoked for 15 years.
Seaton will serve the sentences at the same time.
Alexandra, her father said, had “many dreams, many aspirations and many goals.” He said the Waverly High School student loved ballet, a passion she shared with her mother. When the crash occurred, the mother and daughter were returning to their home in Eagle, Nebraska, after the teen attended a dance practice at Motion41 Dance in Omaha.
Elisa Linscott has endured many months of rehabilitation and still is not able to return to work, Marty Linscott said.
Before sentencing Seaton, who turns 23 Friday, the judge noted that at the time of the crash, Seaton was on probation for a DUI that occurred in April 2017. She also had pleaded no contest last year to possession of marijuana in connection with an incident in which she was a passenger in a vehicle.
Seaton, reading from yellow legal paper, said that her heart breaks for the Linscott family. Her goal now, she said, is to earn their forgiveness.
Alexandra “didn’t deserve to lose her life because of my choices,” Seaton said. “I did.”
James Martin Davis, Seaton’s attorney, said he was surprised by the severity of the sentence. He had asked the judge for a sentence in the range of 10 to 15 years.
“They’ve taken a 22-year-old girl and made an old lady out of her in one morning,” Davis said. “No matter what the sentence, she’s going to carry this albatross around with her the rest of her life.”