GREENCASTLE -- After taking 10 pages of notes during court proceedings Thursday, Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Mathew Headley told the crowded courtroom, "When you get out on probation, you will write a letter every week to your probation officer talking about the impact this situation has on your life so that you will never forget the memory of Brandee Siples."
Continuing, Headley sentenced Cody Wright, 19, Brazil, to 14 years, seven to be served in an Indiana Department of Corrections facility and seven years of probation, for his guilty plea on a class B felony charge of resisting law enforcement resulting in death.
Headley also revoked Wright's driving license for 14 years.
On May 15, Wright pled guilty for his role in a high-speed police pursuit that resulted in the death of his girlfriend, Brandee Siples, Nov. 17, 2007.
New details about the accident were released during the sentencing proceedings, including:
* A recording of the radio traffic at the Indiana State Police post near Putnamville was played in court helped determine, from the beginning to the resulting accident, it spanned 10 miles in four-minutes.
* Indiana State Police Master Trooper Dave Furnas testified that ISP police cruisers are limited to a maximum speed of 130 mph before the engine shuts off. Wright's white 1992 Chevrolet Camaro was clocked by a radar system at 129 mph when it passed Furnas' cruiser traveling westbound on United States 40.
* A pick-up truck was almost hit before Wright's vehicle left the road, went airborne, rotating in the air several times while smashing trees and finally came to rest at the bottom of a ravine.
* Two people walking down the road were witnesses to the accident.
* Furnas, who was first on the scene, testified Wright, who was conscious, grabbed for the steering wheel in an attempt to continue driving after the wreck.
* Robert Blystone, a friend who sold the Camaro to Wright, testified he had been with Wright at a separate incident in which he evaded police. He also said Wright modified the car with a "toggle switch" that bypassed the vehicle's computer which monitored and would shut off the engine if the speed reached in excess of 110 mph.
* According to a pre-sentencing investigation report, Wright had received 10 traffic tickets in 23 months, five of which were deferred. Of the remaining tickets on Wright's driving record, three were for speeding violations, one for a non-specified violation and one for not having his registration with his vehicle, and
* Wright is an insulin dependant diabetic who requires constant monitoring for his health.
Defense Attorney Edward McGlone wanted the court to see Wright as a softhearted kid that is a future asset to the community and it would have tragic results if he were sent to prison. Six character witnesses testified Wright was dependable, respectful and caring and that he was a hard worker and willing to learn.
"I trusted Cody with my daughter's life. You can see where that got me," Brandee's father Terry Siples said. "Brandee didn't deserve any of this. Now, I go to the cemetery, sit there and bawl. If I'd have know about all those tickets, I'd have never let her go with him."
As Headley announced the sentence, the crowded courtroom was filled with the sounds of family members from both sides sobbing.
"I want to say I'm sorry to the Siples family," Wright said to the judge. "I never intended to hurt their daughter. I only wanted to love her."
After Wright was remanded into the custody of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, the Siples family spoke with The Brazil Times.
"Brandee was definitely here today," Pam Siples, Brandee's mother, said. "This isn't going to bring her back, but justice was done for Brandee today."