Driver to be sentenced no more than 8 years in Cleveland Road fatality

SANDUSKY Marisa Roberts will live with the hellish events of the morning of Feb. 15, 2008, for the r
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Marisa Roberts will live with the hellish events of the morning of Feb. 15, 2008, for the rest of her life.But she'll spend no more than eight years in prison.

Roberts, 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and no contest to four counts of aggravated vehicular assault Friday in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

The Huron resident was behind the wheel of a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu with a group of friends on the way to a party in Huron, traveling on U.S. 6, when she lost control of the vehicle. The car struck a utility pole and a brick sign just east of Griffing Airport.

The crash killed Sandusky resident Nicholas Codispoti, 22.

Four other passengers in the vehicle were injured.

Prosecutors dismissed two counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Codispoti's mother, Linda Scott, attended the plea hearing and said she was at peace with the deal.

"I don't feel spending a lifetime in jail is the best thing for her," Scott said of Roberts. "I don't hate her or her family. They were kids being kids."

Scott said it is better to forgive than harbor anger for her son's death.

"I miss my son terribly, but I know God has a plan and he wants us to not hate each other," Scott said.

Scott does want Roberts to perform community service following her stint in prison and attend Alcoholics Anonymous as part of her sentence.

Roberts is slated to be sentenced by Judge Roger Binette on March 12. She's free on $134,000 bond.