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VEHICULAR HOMICIDE: Judge Finds Lomax Guilty

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A Polk County judge has found a Des Moines man guilty of vehicular homicide by OWI and several other charges related to a deadly crash last summer.

Michael Lomax’s trial moved swiftly and somewhat strangely Wednesday, as he first decided to forgo a jury trial and then the judge ruled on the case without any testimony. The judge based his decision on court documents including information from the computer in Lomax’s car, results of his blood alcohol test following the crash, and depositions.

Lomax was drunk on August 28th, 2011 when his vehicle slammed into an SUV driven by 16-year-old Jennifer Garcia. She was pronounced dead at the scene and three other people had to be rescued from the burning vehicle.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 11th for Lomax. He faces a mandatory 25 years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge. He was also found guilty of four counts of serious injury by vehicle, for the passengers in Garcia’s SUV and a passenger in his own vehicle. A five year sentence is possible on each of those charges.