A motorist who was high on marijuana and methamphetamine when he slammed into a parked car in northwestern Minnesota and killed the man behind the wheel has been sentenced to a nearly six-year term.
Richard H. Fisette, 39, of Perham, Minn., was sentenced Friday to 5⅔ years in Becker County District Court in connection with the predawn crash on Oct. 29 in Frazee that killed Marlin Miller, 50, of Ponsford, Minn. Fisette pleaded guilty in late January to criminal vehicular homicide.
With credit for time in jail since his arrest, Fisette will serve three years of his term in prison and the balance on supervised release.
Fisette's criminal history in Minnesota includes three convictions for drunken driving, four for speeding, four for not having auto insurance, four for theft, two for disorderly conduct and one for drug possession.
Miller was parked shortly after 6 a.m. in front of his workplace, Anderson Bus and Coach at the time of the head-on crash.
"A car with no lights came out of nowhere and slammed into Marlin's parked car while he listened to the news on the radio as he has done for the past 30 years," the company said in a Facebook post shortly after the crash.
Fisette's car hit Miller's in a chain reaction that damaged four vehicles. Fisette told a sheriff's deputy that a tire blew as he headed east on Juniper Avenue at roughly 35 mph but added that his last glance at his speedometer showed he was going 42 mph.
He also told the deputy that he had smoked marijuana and meth the day before and last slept the previous afternoon for about 90 minutes "because of the methamphetamine high," the charges said.
A witness at the scene said he saw Fisette driving with his headlights off and going above the speed limit.