Jul 22, 2013 11:44 AM by Ian Auzenne

Lohse changes plea; sentenced to 20 years in McGrew case

Wade Lohse has been sentenced to 20 years at hard labor after changing his not guilty plea in Cacie Barra McGrew vehicular homicide case.

Lohse amended his plea to "no contest" this morning before Judge Kristian Earles. Lohse was also sentenced to 10 years at hard labor on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and one year for jumping bail. Those sentences will run concurrently, meaning Lohse will serve only 20 years behind bars.

Prosecutors announced in court today that the district attorney's office consulted with friends and family of McGrew when drafting the plea agreement. Prosecutors added that all parties were satisfied with the agreement because Lohse will serve the maximum sentence possible for vehicular homicide.

Prosecutors said in court that Lohse's blood alcohol level was .08 when he crashed into McGrew's car last year, killing her.

Lohse jumped bail in March when he fled from a Lafayette Parish courtroom just minutes before his trial was scheduled to begin.

KATC's Chris Welty will have more tonight on Acadiana's NewsChannel at 5:00.


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