WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Bret Blevins was found guilty Monday in a traffic crash that killed two Starkey clients in May 2016. The victims were Dusty Atterbery and Dirk MacMillan.
“I’m relieved, I’m happy. I’m sad, I’m heartbroken. I’m elated, I’m everything,” said Kay Atterberry, the parent of a young man who was killed in the crash. “I am grateful because this is what this is what we’ve waited this whole year for.”
Sedgwick County jurors found Bret Blevins of Wichita guilty of 14 counts, including second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and multiple charges of aggravated battery.
Officers said Blevins was behind the wheel of an SUV when it slammed into a van carrying the Starkey residents and staff. Blevins was going 49 miles an hour and still accelerating when the crash happened. A blood test also found that Blevins was legally drunk and also tested positive for meth when the SUV hit the van.
Atterberry said her son, Dusty, will leave a lasting impression on many people. And now she hopes the man guilty of the crash last May, will be in prison a long time.
“I just hope he never, ever, ever is able to get behind the wheel of a car, ever again,” said Atterberry.
If Blevins gets the maximum sentence, he could be given prison time of up to 65 years.
During his trial, Blevins testified he wasn’t driving the SUV at the time of the crash. Jurors did not believe his story.
The judge said he will not allow Blevins out on bond before sentencing next month. Blevins is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail.
KSN’s Craig Andres is following the trial in court. Look for his updates on Twitter.