Allen gets up to five and a half years in Erie DUI crash
By LISA THOMPSONlisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Allen said he never imagined he would stand before a judge to be sentenced for killing a man in a drunken-driving crash.
District Attorney Jack Daneri said Allen's inability to recognize the danger he posed to others was part of the reason that motorcyclist Kevin Imler died.
Before the 2008 crash that claimed Imler's life, Allen, 56, had been "put in cuffs" four times for driving under the influence, Daneri said.
It was that history and that failure to address a drinking problem that earned Allen, the former plant superintendent at Erie Coke Corp., the maximum sentence Monday as he was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter and DUI.
Erie County Judge Michael E. Dunlavey ordered Allen, a Michigan resident, to serve three years and three months to five years and six months in state prison, which was the maximum sentence allowed under the law.
In handing down the sentence, Dunlavey cited Allen's history of driving under the influence, the last arrest occurring 18 years before Allen's deadly collision with Imler on Aug. 21, 2008. Both men were legally drunk at the time of the crash. Imler had a blood-alcohol content of 0.09 percent and Allen a BAC of 0.21 percent.