Ottawa County man sentenced after wife dies in crash

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A Clay Center man was sentenced to four years in prison after his wife died in a traffic crash while he was allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of both, according to court records.
A Clay Center man was sentenced to four years in prison after his wife died in a traffic crash while he was allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of both, according to court records.

BOWLING GREEN — A Clay Center man was sentenced to four years in prison after his wife died in a traffic crash while he was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of both, according to court records.

William Koperski, 39, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor, in November in Wood County Common Pleas Court.

According to a report from the Sentinel-Tribune, Jessica Koperski, 35, died on June 2 after being ejected from a passenger seat of vehicle being driven at the time by her husband, William Koperski.

According to court records, Koperski was initially charged in August with three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, all second-degree felonies, the fentanyl-related possession count, then a fourth-degree felony, and three counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence, all first-degree misdemeanors, according to the indictment.

Judge Joel Kuhlman of Wood County Common Pleas Court sentenced Koperski on Wednesday to a total of 48 months in prison, a $350 fine and ordered him to pay court costs. Koperski’s driver’s license also was suspended for five years. Koperski was given credit for 165 days previously served in the Wood County jail as his case was pending.

The remaining four counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement with prosecutors.

According to court records, Koperski has a lengthy criminal history, including an assault charge in Wood County in 2014, as well as multiple traffic and criminal charges in Ottawa County from 2003 to 2019, including child endangering.

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This article originally appeared on Port Clinton News Herald: Ottawa County man sentenced after wife dies in crash

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