By BRIAN BOHNERT
for the courier
FOSTORIA — A Fostoria man, sentenced to a year in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide following the 2012 death of a 9-year-old boy, was granted an early release Wednesday after serving only four months.
Seneca County Common Pleas Judge Michael Kelbley granted the request made by George R. Tucker, 75, of Fostoria. Tucker will be placed under community control sanctions for the next five years.
Last Sept. 18, the judge sentenced Tucker to a year in prison after he was found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, in the death of Mavin K. Hamilton, 9, of Fostoria.
Hamilton was struck at about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2012, on Columbus Avenue near the intersection of East Lytle Street and Springville Avenue. According to reports, he ran out from behind a nearby building and into the roadway, where he was hit and dragged down the road by a Dodge Dakota driven by Tucker. The boy died two days later.
Tucker admitted to drinking three shots of whiskey before the accident. His blood alcohol level was tested twice and was above the legal limit both times.
In addition to his prison term, Tucker was given a lifetime driver’s license suspension.
Under terms of his release, Tucker must submit to random drug and alcohol urinalysis testing; undergo counseling, substance abuse rehabilitation and treatment; attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week; complete 300 hours of community service within the next five years; have no contact with the victim’s family; and cannot leave the state without the state parole board’s permission.
After Kelbley announced his ruling, Mavin’s mother, Leslie Kroetz, began crying as she buried her face into a handful of tissues.
“It was kind of out of my hands. I said what I could, but it was ultimately up to the judge,” Kroetz said. “There’s nothing I can do to change it. That’s what we have courts for. I’d like to change it if I could. Eventually he’ll face a higher punishment.”
Kroetz said four of Hamilton’s organs were donated to individuals in need.
“Out of all of this tragedy, a 9-year-old boy saved four lives,” she said. “That is amazing. Mavin would be proud to know he saved four lives.”