A Leavenworth man has been sentenced to eight days in jail and probation for vehicular homicide.

A Leavenworth man has been sentenced to eight days in jail and probation for vehicular homicide.

Terry McKay was sentenced Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court after pleading guilty to one count of vehicular homicide, which is a misdemeanor.

The charge stemmed from an April 28, 2016, crash that resulted in the death of Tony Rorabacher.

When reviewing the factual basis of the charge Wednesday in court, Assistant County Attorney Shawn Boyd said McKay did not stop at a stop sign at 155th Street and Fairmount Road north of Basehor, which resulted in a fatal collision.

During Wednesday’s hearing, McKay withdrew an earlier not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide charge. Other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Boyd said the parties were OK with moving forward with sentencing Wednesday.

McKay could have faced up to a year in the Leavenworth County Jail. But Boyd said the prosecution was not opposed to probation in the case.

Two family members of the victim spoke during the hearing.

Rorabacher’s wife, Ruby, said she was not sure the defendant grasped what he had done and how it affected her family.

“It’s destroyed us and all of our family,” she said.

She asked the judge to sentence McKay to a year in jail.

McKay’s attorney, Carey Fleske, expressed his deepest sympathies and requested probation for his client.

The attorney said his client had been unable to make the stop or move out of the way to avoid a collision.

Fleske said McKay’s wife has become disabled as a result of the accident. The attorney said McKay is the only caretaker for his wife.

“I’m very sorry this happened,” McKay said when given the opportunity to speak.

He said the event was tragic for both families.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby took a brief recess before imposing the sentence.

When he returned, Sundby imposed a 12-month sentence but suspended all but eight days.

The judge ordered McKay to serve the eight days in jail from 6 p.m. Nov. 22 to 6 p.m. Nov. 26 and from 6 p.m. Dec. 21 to 6 p.m. Dec. 25.

Sundby said the periods include two holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The judge said he wants McKay to reflect on the loss caused by his actions.

The judge said McKay will be on probation for the balance of the one-year sentence.

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