James E. “Jim” Bollinger, 51, was sentenced Monday by Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, District Court Judge James Drew on a Class B felony charge of vehicular homicide.
Bollinger admitted he had been drinking as many as five martinis and was drunk the night of the accident. The incident took place on Aug. 13, 2010, when Bollinger’s vehicle struck and killed motorcyclist Timothy Wurtzel, 51, of Hanlontown, Iowa. Bollinger’s blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit in Iowa of 0.08 percent at the time of the incident.
A vehicular homicide conviction in Iowa carries a mandatory 25-year prison sentence, but Bollinger could be deemed eligible for parole before completing the full term.
In addition to the sentence, Bollinger must pay $150,000 restitution to Wurtzel’s surviving loved ones.
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