Plea Agreement in Accident that Killed Brian Scott
As reported earlier this week, William Spicer of Casper has entered a plea of nolo contendere to the charge of negligent homicide in the Montana motorcycle accident that killed longtime K2 radio morning host Brian Scott Gamroth.
We now have learned the details of the pretrial agreement that led to that change of plea.
Mr. Spicer has entered no contest plea, also known as nolo contendere. In exchange for that plea, Mr. Spicer will be sentenced to 3 years in prison, but all of that time will be suspended on the condition that he completes 3 years of probation.
He must pay a $5000 fine and a $120 fine for speeding. He must not commit any criminal offense and follow all rules of the Montana Department of Corrections.
And when he completes the probation, the conviction will be removed from his record. The terms of the probation will be set by the court at his sentencing on November 13th.
The court could still possibly reject the agreement and is conducting pre-sentencing investigations now.
Spicer, a Casper businessman and friend of Gamroth's, was charged and originally pleaded not guilty in March.
Court records say the accident happened Sept. 18, 2016, when vehicles and motorcycles were traveling east on U.S. Highway 87 in Judith Basin County. Gamroth pulled out to pass some of the vehicles and safely pulled back into the line of traffic.
Spicer followed. Witnesses said they were driving at the 70 mph speed limit, and Spicer was traveling at least 90 mph, according to court records. "Multiple witnesses reported they considered Defendant's driving and his passing of vehicles to be a 'bad pass.'"
Spicer pulled back into the line of traffic, and his motorcycle hit Gamroth's motorcycle. Gamroth's motorcycle went into a ditch. He struck a wooden post and was pronounced dead at the scene.