Mackinac County Man Sentenced To Prison For Involuntary Manslaughter

A driver is going to prison for at least a decade after hitting and killing a teenager last year in Mackinac County.      

Darrell Lovegrove was more than two times over the legal limit for alcohol the night he hit and killed 17-year-old Mitchell Snyder.

Snyder was on his way back from dropping off his homecoming date when the crash happened on Mackinac Trail in St. Ignace.

Last month a jury found Lovegrove guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder.

It’s been just over a year since Mitchell Snyder was killed in that car crash in October 2015.         

Monday, a Charlevoix County judge handed down the toughest sentenced he could of at least 10 years in prison.

It was emotional in the courtroom as the judge made his decision.

Lovegrove himself spoke tearfully, apologizing to the family for the crash he caused.

Both of Snyder’s parents and one of his cousins pleaded to the judge for the harshest penalty for the hole Snyder’s death has had on the community.

The judge said he received more than 100 letters for Snyder.

Lovegrove could have gotten as little as four years.