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Steim sentenced for fatal crash

September 17th, 2012 - 11:54am

(Port Angeles) -- 25-year old Amber Steim was sentenced to 6-years in prison this morning in Clallam County Superior Court for the 2011 traffic death of local nurse Ellen DeBondt.

Judge Ken Williams gave the state-mandated maximum sentence to Steim, 72 months, with credit for time already served, which is about 15 months.

A large crowd filled the courtroom, mostly family and friends of DeBondt, many of whom gave statements expressing their grief and sorrow at the death of a dearly beloved family member.

Prosecutors say Steim had a blood alcohol level nearly 3-times over the legal limit when her car slammed into DeBondt's vehicle at Oxenford Road on Highway 112 in March of 2011.

Steim pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide charge, and a separate charge of reckless endangerment has been dropped. Steim entered an Alford plea to a charge of witness tampering. Judge Williams said he hopes Steim will enter into an alcohol treatment program while in prison.

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