34-year-old Adrian resident Matthew Stoy, the drunk driver who killed 19-year-old Saline resident Jacob Rauguth in a crash in York Township July 2, pled no contest to two felony charges in Washtenaw Circuit Court Nov. 8.
Stoy pled no contest to operating with a high blood alcohol content causing death with a prior conviction and operating with a high blood alcohol content causing serious injury with a prior conviction. The convictions carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison. According to Mlive.com, Judge Archie Brown agreed to sentencing guidelines of between 57 and 95 months.
Rauguth, a graduate of Saline High School, was pronounced dead at the scene after his Pontiac Grand Am was struck by a Stoy’s SUV that blew through the stop sign at Bemis and Moon roads. Rauguth’s girlfriend, Molly O’Sullivan, and friend, Ethan Suydam, were injured in the crash. The three young adults worked together at Brecon Village.
According to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Stoy’s blood alcohol content was .33 – more than four times the legal limit.
Stoy was previously convicted of drunk driving in New York State in 2015. At the time of the crash he was unemployed and receiving disability payments through Veterans Affairs.