Marijuana-Impaired Driver Gets 32 Years In Prison

Kris McClain, 52, was sentenced to a total of 32 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections in Yavapai County Superior Court on Monday.

On February 19, 2016, a Yavapai County Jury found McClain guilty of causing the death of 19 year old Hayley Stevens, and injuring both her 18 month old niece and her mother. The vehicular collision occurred at the intersection of SR89A Road and Robert Road in Prescott Valley on January 22, 2013, when McClain slammed into the victims’ car, which was stopped at a red light, at a high rate of speed. The jury found that McClain, a medical marijuana cardholder, was under the influence of marijuana and Lorazepam at the time of the collision. Testimony at trial proved that McClain had 16 nanograms per milliliter of THC in his system, the mind-altering chemical in marijuana.

McClain had three prior Driving Under the Influence convictions and was on probation at the time of the collision. The sentence of 32 years covers the charges of Manslaughter, 4 counts of Aggravated Assault, 6 counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, Criminal Damage and violation of probation.  McClain is not eligible for early release.


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