Lane was charged two years ago with one count of DUI manslaughter in connection with the 2006 traffic accident in which Gerald Morelock, 56 was killed. In light of ongoing legal discussions over the permissibility of blood evidence at trial, prosecutors in late December added an alternative charge of vehicular homicide, which requires the state to prove that Lane was driving recklessly but does not include the drug or alcohol element needed to prove DUI manslaughter. Both charges are second-degree felonies, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
But under the terms of the plea deal, Billy Lane defense attorney Eisenmenger said prosecutors will drop the DUI manslaughter charge. Instead, they will seek a 9-year prison term for the vehicular homicide charge. After many delays, Lane is expected in court Tuesday morning to change his “Not Guilty Plea”. He would then be sentenced at 9 a.m. Aug. 14. Eisenmenger will seek a sentence that calls for no time in prison. “We believe there are mitigating factors in this case. . . . And we’re going to be presenting those to the court at sentencing,” he said. Billy Lane home is in foreclosure process. (With The Help Of Florida Today)