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Fulton County impaired driver gets 6 months in plea deal

Fulton County impaired driver gets 6 months in plea deal

Nine months ago, Andrew Grismore was headed south on Route 30 between Northville and Mayfield when h

Nine months ago, Andrew Grismore was headed south on Route 30 between Northville and Mayfield when his Jeep crossed into oncoming traffic, plowing head-on into another vehicle.

“There were seven people in the car he hit,” said Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Chad Brown. “Four of them had to be taken to the hospital. … Grismore was intoxicated at the time.”

In Fulton County Court on Tuesday, Grismore pleaded guilty to all six felony and 10 misdemeanor counts brought against him in a September indictment.

As part of a plea deal worked out by the judge and Grismore’s attorney, Robert Abdella, Grismore will be sentenced May 14 to six months in jail followed by five years of probation.

Grismore, now 29, could have been sent away for up to seven years if convicted of all the charges he faced.

His indictment included three counts each of second-degree assault and vehicular assault, felonies.

Brown said those charges were prompted by the many injuries suffered by the passengers of the vehicle he struck.

On July 5, Mary Stiglmeier was driving northbound on Route 30 with six family members in her vehicle. Brown said she tried to swerve out of Grismore’s way but couldn’t.

Stiglmeier suffered a serious leg injury, while her passengers sustained broken ribs, a broken collarbone and fractured sternum.

Brown said Fulton County Judge Richard Giardino considered a number of factors when working out the six-month plea deal.

“He took into account Grismore’s clean criminal record,” Brown said.

He said that the District Attorney’s Office wasn’t a part of the plea deal negotiations — the deal was made strictly between Abdella and Giardino. Brown was, however, asked to contact the victims and their family members to get their read on the proposed sentence.

“They all signed off on it,” he said.

When Grismore is released after six months, Brown said, his five-year probation will be pretty strict. If he breaks any of a long list of rules, he could face a full seven-year term.

“He’ll have a hard time getting a driver’s license for a while, I expect,” Brown said.

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