A man with eight prior DUI convictions was found guilty of gross negligence vehicular manslaughter on Oct. 1.
A South Lake Tahoe jury convicted Larry Lee Halverson of gross negligence vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run causing injury, a press release stated.
Testimony revealed that Halverson was driving his Nissan Pathfinder on Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe under the influence on Sept. 4, 2011, with a suspended license from a prior DUI. He hit a pedestrian, a 51-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident, crossing the boulevard. The victim died from injuries 31 days after the incident in a Reno, Nev. hospital.
Halverson had eight prior DUI convictions. Under the 1996 amendment to the charge of gross negligence vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, or “Courtney’s Law,” Halverson faces 15-years-to-life as a habitual offender with qualifying DUI convictions.
“These types of habitual offenders threaten the safety and well-being of our community and my office will prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law,” District Attorney Vern Pierson said.
Chief Assistant Bill Clark and Deputy District Attorney Katie Dobler prosecuted the trial.
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