Bloom sentenced to prison for motor vehicle homicide death
Scotts Bluff County District Judge Randy Lippstreu has sentenced 19 year old Bryan Bloom of Henry to three to eight years in prison for his conviction of motor vehicle homicide n the death of 18 year old Johrdan Stone June 20, 2011 near the Wyoming-Nebraska state line.
Stone died from a fractured neck and head injuries when he stuck his head out from the vehicle Bloom was driving and it struck a temporary road sign in a construction zone.
Judge Lippstreu established during a bench trial that the prime cause of death was Bloom driving well in excess of the speed limit and driving the van off the edge of the pavement. Lippstreu also cited Bloom's impaired driving and his measured blood alcohol level of .14. as a proximate cause of death.
Court documents says Bloom had got drunk with Stone in Henry, and decided to drive him back to Torrington while legally intoxicated, running off the road in the construction zone so Stone's head hit the sign.
Lippstreu Friday gave Bloom credit for 347 days in jail.
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