Judge Gives Hillmer Over 10 Years In Prison

By: Justin Surrency/ Amanda Lanum
By: Justin Surrency/ Amanda Lanum

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Sentencing for Hunter Hillmer, 20, continued for more than 3 1/2 hours Friday Shawnee County Court Judge Nancy Parrish ruled that Hillmer must serve 10 years and 3 months in the Department Of Corrections.

Hunter Hillmer provided an emotional statement to family members in the audience that he hopes to save future lives by using his story as a warning tale to others. Shawnee County Court Judge Nancy Parrish told Hillmer, that story will have to wait.

Parents from both sides provided emotional statements and agreed that everyone has endured a numbing loss.

Defense attorney Wendell Betts argued that a jail sentence would only due undeniable harm to Hillmer because he needs special attention due to his paralysis.

Parents of Madison Naill, the 15 year old girl killed in the crash, empathized with hunter's pain, but felt as though he still had something Madison will never have.

Virginia Miller, Madison's grandmother said, "Lets face it, Hunter can do many things because he is still alive. The Hillmer family still has him alive. We don't have Maddie with us because she is not alive. We cannot help her do things because she is dead."

Hunter Hillmer was charged with five counts but Judge Parrish ruled for them to all run concurrently with the 123 month sentence of Reckless 2nd Degree Murder.

Madison would have been a Junior in high school this year.

Members of Hillmer's family did not wish to speak to media after sentencing.

Hillmer was paralyzed in a car accident that lead to the death of Madison Nail on March 19, 2012. A second passenger was also injured.

In December, a jury found Hillmer guilty of Unintentional Second Degree Murder and other charges. The car he was driving went off a road in the 5700 block of SE 45th Street, rolled, and hit a tree.

Sentencing began at 9 a.m. Friday and went into recess about 10:30 a.m. before the hearing continued.

Check back with 13 News for updates as sentencing continues.

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