Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Kraig Chadrick pointed out Harvey, who has been free on her own recognizance bond, has a significant criminal past, was driving at night with marijuana, methamphetamine and alcohol in her system and ran a red light traveling about 65 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Chadrick projected an image in court of a Facebook event “Sending Samantha off to Prison Party” with Harvey listed as an organizer along with another woman.
The event did not happen, and the defense said Harvey did not organize or participate in the party, which was canceled by the establishment.
“I am rarely speechless,” Chadrick said in reference to the party. Harvey’s actions indicate “she doesn’t get it or she doesn’t care,” he said.
Harvey turned to the packed courtroom an offered an apology.
“I am not a bad person,” Harvey said. “I am truly sorry.”
Defense attorney Michael Mills said Harvey is a former small business owner who worked to overcome a number of issues that hindered her path to success in life, including domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and a physical disability.
The attorney added Harvey acknowledges the seriousness of her crime and understands a lifelong commitment to maintaining her sobriety.
“She is haunted by this,” Mills told the judge.
Tim Nagel, Caila’s father, read a statement describing the battle his daughter has faced and will face in the future due to the injuries she suffered.
Before the accident Cailia was a great student, a star athlete, and a “joy to watch on and off the court,” Tim Nagel said.
Cailia Nagel was moved in a wheelchair to the front of the courtroom, where she read in a statement in a very quiet voice.
Candy Schlueter, Savannah’s mother, asked the judge to give Harvey the maximum sentence and remembered the night of the crash, wondering at the hospital if it was the last time she would talk to her daughter.
Haughey told Harvey that her actions and statements since the crash had been anything but mitigating.
He said the court has to consider Harvey’s recklessness that injured the teens. The judge noted Harvey made statements about the fact the teens were out so late and the planned party.
“You gave a life sentence to two girls, I don’t care what hour of day it was, I don’t care where they were going, I don’t care where they were coming from, there is no justification ... that either one of them should have to serve life sentences you gave them that night,” Haughey said.