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Man who killed Logan woman in head-on crash gets 13 years

Man who killed Logan woman in head-on crash gets 13 years

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The driver in a crash that killed a Logan, Iowa, woman last year on U.S. Highway 30 was sentenced Monday to 13 years behind bars.

Connor Hemer, 20, pleaded guilty in July to motor vehicle homicide, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing methamphetamine, according to court documents. The crash on Aug. 14, 2014, killed Jody Hustak, 45.

Hustak was driving a 2007 Dodge Nitro west, just east of Logan, when an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Hemer, then of Odebolt, crossed the center line and hit her vehicle head on, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Hustak died at the scene. She was the office manager for The World-Herald's advertising department.

Hemer was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge, one year in prison on the meth charge and two years in jail on the weapons charge, according to the sentencing order. Each term is consecutive. Hemer was given credit for time served.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of $150,000 and $12,422 to the Crime Victim Assistance Division.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1310, andrew.nelson@owh.com

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