Man Charged In Sand Springs Fatality Wreck Gets 24 Years
Lacie Lowry, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Steven Jameson, who entered a guilty plea to three charges of manslaughter in a fatality wreck, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Jameson was in court Friday for sentencing in the Christmas Eve 2009 fatality wreck that killed Michael Mulanax, 42, his wife Angela, 41, and their son James Mulanax, 18.
The mother and grandmother of the victims killed in a Sand Springs wreck requested that Jameson be sentenced to 121 years in prison, the estimated life expectancies of the three victims.
"Today is not a happy day for anyone. You've got three families that have been severely impacted by the misguided actions of Steven Wade Jameson," said Linda Perkins, Angela's mother.
Dressed in purple, which was her daughter's favorite color, Linda Perkins says she respects Jameson's sentence.
"It will give a message to the public that they need to think about their actions when they get in a car and drive with a canceled license, with drugs in their system," she said.
"The old are supposed to die before the young in the order of life and in this case, we've lost three beautiful young lives," Perkins said.
Jameson was driving without a license and according to the OSBI, he tested positive for marijuana and some sort of depressant. Michael's mother says the three victims didn't stand a chance.
"It's hard, and it hasn't been long enough yet. I still grieve, for the last three years, and it will be for a long time," said Joyce Mulanax, Michael's mother.
The Mulanax's now 17-year-old daughter is the only remaining member of her family. She wasn't in the car that day. During sentencing, Amanda asked the judge to send Jameson to prison, but not for life.
"She has her mother's love and her heart and her compassion because she can say she forgives him," Perkins said.
Perkins hopes that one day, she can also forgive Jameson.
Steven Jameson entered a plea back in May without any plea deal arrangement with prosecutors. Therefore, he is entitled to a judicial review of his sentence. That is scheduled for July 27th, 2012.
The judge will look at how Jameson performs in the custody of the Department of Corrections and may modify the sentence or let it stand.
Jameson must also pay $2,500 for each of the felonies. The judge also assessed a $250 Victim's Compensation Act on each of the three felonies, plus court costs.
Jameson will remain in the custody of Tulsa County until the Department of Corrections picks him up. He has 10 days to file an appeal.