A 42-year-old man plead guilty Thursday to charges connected to a 2012 crash that killed a 21-year-old woman.
Jamie Allen Longwell, of suburban West Palm Beach, faces an 8½-year prison sentence more than a year after he was arrested in June for the death of Roxann Kelleher, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
He plead guilty to vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and driving with a suspended license charges, according to court records.
Dawn Schlesier, Kelleher’s older sister who attended Longwell’s sentencing at the Palm Beach County courthouse, said she was satisfied with Longwell’s sentence.
“I’m glad that he is doing time,” said Schlesier, 43, of Royal Palm Beach. “It was a senseless accident. It shouldn’t have happened.”
Three months prior to his arrest, Longwell was driving a 1986 Ford Mustang westbound on Forest Hill Boulevard in the early hours of March 13, when he crashed into a black 2007 Chevrolet Aveo driven by a 57-year-old West Virginia woman.
Longwell sped off, police said, until he lost control of the Mustang. It slammed into a wall and wooden utility pole on Forest Hill Boulevard between Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Jog Road before it overturned, police said.
Kelleher, of West Palm Beach, was in the backseat during the crash while Denyse Ann Gallitano, 47, of West Palm Beach, sat in the front passenger seat. Police said all three were not wearing their seat belts and were ejected from the car.
After police and firefighters arrived, Kelleher and Longwell were taken to Delray Medical Center, where Kelleher died. Gallitano went to Wellington Regional Medical Center.
During the sheriff’s office investigation, detectives obtained cellphone records that showed Longwell may have been on the phone before the crash.
Through blood tests, detectives also learned that Longwell had oxycodone, morphine and oxymorphone in his system. They could not establish if Longwell was impaired because he had an oxycodone prescription.
Longwell’s mother also attended Thursday’s sentencing. Carol Longwell, 59, of West Palm Beach, said she thought the outcome could have been better and plans to support her son while he’s in prison.
“I’m going to take it hard,” she said. “But we’re going to be with him.”
Staff Writer Alexandra Seltzer contributed to this story.