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Sentencing in vehicular homicide case set

Published 9:24am Wednesday, November 14, 2012

JACKSON — The man who admitted to causing the death of a South Point child will be sentenced on Nov. 28 in the Jackson Common Pleas Courtroom of Judge Leonard Holzapfel.

In August, Christopher Haines, 32, of Oak Hill, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide of 10-year-old Angel McGinnis, and three counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

At that time Paul Scarcella, special prosecutor for the case, said there was a negotiated plea deal with Haines that the family of the young girl was in agreement with.

In December of 2010 Haines was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee on State Route 93, when that vehicle rear-ended a car driven by Marsha McGinnis of South Point, Angel’s mother. Angel McGinnis was a passenger in her mother’s car.

McGinnis’ vehicle was stopped in the southbound lane of the highway at the 10-mile marker.

The impact sent her car left of center where it was struck by a car driven by Deborah Miller who was northbound on State Route 93. At the time to the accident, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Haines had been under the influence of drugs.

Angel McGinnis, who was a student at South Point Elementary, died at Cabell Huntington Hospital the day of the accident.

Haines could face a maximum sentence of 9-and one-half years in prison. He has been in the Jackson County Jail for approximately 22 months.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

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