AMITE — A judge sentenced a Holden man to five years in-home incarceration Monday after he pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and hit-and-run driving, according to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Jake Kiefer, 26, of Browns Lane, was identified as the driver of a black Cadillac Escalade that crashed into a vehicle on Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula on April 10, 2010, killing Carl and Carrie Vorenkamp of Hammond, Assistant District Attorney Angel Monistere said in a news release.
Kiefer fled the scene without stopping and was arrested nine days later, Monistere said.
The damage to his vehicle already had been repaired, resulting in an obstruction of justice charge. Kiefer pleaded no contest to the obstruction charge.
Kiefer’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday when he changed his plea, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said.
Judge Zorraine Waguespack sentenced Kiefer to five years with the Department of Corrections for negligent homicide and 10 years each for the hit-and-run and obstruction counts, Perrilloux said.
The sentences were suspended, and Kiefer was placed on five years of probation to be served on in-home incarceration.
He also must pay a $10,000 fine and $25,000 in restitution, Perrilloux said.
“There was no plea agreement or offer from the District Attorney’s Office,” Perrilloux said. “Sentencing is always a function of the judge.”