Mike Terrill: Largent 'deserved what he got'

Megan Terrill's mother, Annie, left the courtroom in tears as soon as George Largent was found guilty of vehicular homicide while driving recklessly in the March 7 hit-and-run death of her daughter, 16-year-old Megan Terrill.

"I just clenched my fists," said Mike Terrill, Megan's father. "I wanted to scream out, but I was told not to do that, so I held it in."

District Court Judge Julie Marshall earlier had requested that both sides maintain composure and "sit quietly and accept" the verdicts, regardless of the outcome.

"It's awesome," Mike Terrill said. "He deserved what he got."

He later said no matter what verdict is given, it will never be enough.

"Unlike my family, George Largent's parents, brothers, sisters, wife and friends will be allowed to visit him in prison," he said. "All we can do is rely on memories, pictures, and most of all, Megan's loving voice.

"This terrible tragedy has put a tremendous strain on our family.

"The one person who I feel it has affected most is her mother. Our family will never forgive George Largent for what he did. I hope he wakes every day and thinks about what he has done to Megan and our family."

Largent, 46, also was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide; failure to give notice, information and aid following an accident; tampering with physical evidence; and driving while ability impaired -- a lesser-included offense of an original felony charge of vehicular homicide while intoxicated --after about seven hours of juror deliberation.

Megan Terrill was found in a ditch about a half hour after the accident and died nine days later from head injuries.

Largent was led from the courtroom after District Court Judge Julie Marshall increased his bond by $20,000 to $80,000 cash.

It is the third time his bond has been increased.

The first time was when Megan died and new charges were filed, and the second time was when he violated his bond by drinking alcohol at a class reunion.

As the verdicts were read, Largent bowed his head. His wife, Sharon Largent, sat crying.

"As far as punishment, there is no punishment they could give George Largent that would even begin to make me, Annie (and other family and friends) feel any better. He could have shown some compassion and at least made an anonymous 911 call so they could have begun measures to keep her alive."

Acting District Attorney Kathy Eberling said the presumptive range for Largent's prison sentences include: six years each for the vehicular homicide while driving recklessly and failure to give notice, information and aid following an accident charges; three years for the charge of criminally-negligent homicide; 18 months for the charge of tampering with physical evidence; and six months for driving while ability impaired, a misdemeanor.

Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 2.

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