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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.

Amy November 13, 2012 at 03:03 AM
You took a mother away from her children, death penalty should be allowed in Wisconsin!!!!
Jamesjak77 November 13, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Think about the drunk drivers that only get tickets. Something needs to be done about that. Jaron has to live with this for the rest of his life. He can't take back what happened. Just looking at his facial expression in the photo makes me think that he wishes he could take it back. It was a good night out that turned bad. It is not all of his fault either. She chose to get in the vehicle. He went to get help also-not flee the scene like most drunk drivers do. I don't think he deserves the death penalty. Only murderers should, but they don't.
Sally November 13, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Wow Amy. Talk about harsh. This guy made a stupid, tragic, terrible mistake for which he will pay with a good part of his life. He did NOT kill her on purpose. Apparently you have never made a mistake?
sad parent November 13, 2012 at 02:29 PM
"KILL HER ON PURPOSE" sure he did when he put his self behind the wheel. Not only her but everyone else on the road.If they brought the "death penalty" back in Wisconsin I think that would cut down on alot more then drunk drivers...so what do you tell the family.I'm sorry I did not do it on purpose...."GOD" says turn the other cheek, but he does not say slap me on the other side while your doing it..The penalty he got DOES NOT fit this crime...Shes forever gone...My heart goes out to her family:(
sad parent November 13, 2012 at 02:36 PM
His facial expression does not look remorseful to me. It looks like hes ready to take a DUMP...
Terry November 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Curious about which Judge set this sentence. How often do we hear about cases like these, where the sentence is a slap on the wrist. This one seems pretty much about right, and it would be nice to give the Judge credit for the appropriate sentence.
Renee November 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
How can a person driving recklessly (drunk or not) and kills one person get 9 years in jail and a person driving recklessly and kills three people get 1 year with Huber privileges? Carly Otterly got 1 year with release to go to college for killing 3 of her friends by going 100 miles per hour on a country road trying to go airborne in an SUV with too many passengers in her car. The survivors of this crash stated that this careless act was not egged on by the girls in the back of the SUV - three of whom died. I'm sure that both of these people regret what happened and will regret their actions for the rest of their lives. I see no difference in the reckless act.
G November 16, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Jaron was one of my best friends, and the nicest, sweetest guy in my life. So many nights have involved going to his house for dinner, playing board games, sleeping on his couch. In the four years that I've known him, Jaron has been nothing but wonderful and helpful to everyone. He's very mild-mannered and shy, but the kind of guy that holds the door for everybody, and offers to help you carry your groceries. Ultimately, it was his own bad decision, one that has changed so many lives in so many devastating ways. The only good I can find from this tragedy is the hope that the story will shed light on the dangers of drunk driving, and help others to realize how quickly driving under the influence can turn into the loss of lives, in more ways than one.
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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