Courts • D.A. unable to file more serious charges.
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A driver who hit and killed two women crossing Redwood Road earlier this year has been sentenced to five days in jail.
Michael Douglas Sleeter, 47, had methamphetamine in his system and the brakes on his truck were not working, but prosecutors say they were unable to charge him with a more serious crime.
Sleeter tested positive for the drug's metabolite, which means he had used meth at some point, but not necessarily before driving.
"There was no sign of impairment," Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said. "If we could have charged him with anything more serious, we would have. We charged him and convicted him of what we could."
Sleeter was sentenced Monday on misdemeanor counts of obstructing justice, driving with a measurable controlled substance in his system, possession drug paraphernalia and operating an improperly equipped vehicle.
Prosecutors asked for a 60 day jail sentence. But 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills ordered Sleeter to serve five days in jail and complete 18 months of probation.
According to charges, Andrea Fuguel, 37, and Erica Warneke, 35, were crossing Redwood Road near 3350 South at about 2 a.m. on March 4. Witnesses told investigators they saw no brake lights before Sleeter's Toyota pickup truck hit the two women.
The women were on a darkened street and were not in a crosswalk.
Investigators later determined the truck's front wheels had new brake pads, but they were not working. The left-rear wheel brake was also malfunctioning and both brake lines were leaking.
West Valley City police searched Sleeter's truck later and found a broken glass pipe and a powdery substance in the vehicle, charges state. Sleeter later tested positive for methamphetamine.