BOISE -- An Eagle man who killed his 21-year-old passenger in a drunken crash Halloween night could spend the next 15 years in prison, a judge ruled Thursday.
Andrew Cassell, 25, must spend two years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.
He crashed into a power pole on State Street near the intersection of Horseshoe Bend Road in the early hours of Nov. 1, 2013, crumpling the passenger side. Aldina Ekic, who police say was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.
Thursday, her parents, brothers and extended family crowed into the courtroom to hear the sentence Fourth District Judge Deborah Bail handed down.
Deputy Prosecutor Jeff White said 15 years is the maximum punishment for vehicular manslaughter. He asked the judge to sentence Cassell to 15 years with at least five behind bars.
Bail agreed a serious sentence was warranted.
Judge Bail did explain that due to the seriousness of the case - someone dying - she felt that the jail needed to be at the maximum, White said.
He said Cassell apologized to Ekic's family during the hearing, and said he wished he could take his actions back.
He seemed genuinely remorseful, White said.
Cassell was also injured in the wreck, and told responding officers he'd been drinking.
Tests showed he had a .14 BAC when the crash happened, higher than the legal limit of .08. He pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in March.