Millville man sentenced to prison for automobile homicide

Alvin Henson, left, and his attorney Bryan Galloway listen as Judge Kevin Allen sentences him to 1-15 years for automobile homicide, in 1st District Court, in Logan on Monday. (Eli Lucero/Pool Photo)

LOGAN — A 40-year-old Millville man was sentenced to prison for automobile homicide, in the death of local businessman Randy Wirth.

Alvin Henson appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon after previously pleading guilty to the homicide charges, a second-degree felony.

Judge Kevin Allen sentenced Henson to one-to-15 years in prison, adding that he would recommend to the board of pardons, Henson serve a minimum of 10 years. He was also ordered to pay over $15,000 in fines.

Allen said the case was tragic on so many levels and Henson was an extremely selfish person who only cared about himself.

After the sentencing, Cache County Attorney James Swink said he thought the judge got the sentencing exactly right.

“The impact of this crime is as devastating as any other or close to it,” said Swink. “When you have a life taken it doesn’t get any more serious than that and it really calls out for prison for two reasons. One, to deter the defendant from ever doing it again and just as importantly, to deter citizens in the community to say, if you drive drunk and you hurt someone, you are going to prison.”

Henson has been in the Cache County Jail since being arrested April 10, after causing a three-vehicle accident in Millville, near 210 West 200 South.

According to police reports, Henson was driving a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup east on 200 South when crossed into the westbound lane, striking both a Cadillac DeVille and Suzuki motorcycle.

Randy Wirth, co-owner of Café Ibis was the driver of the motorcycle. He was transported to Logan Regional Hospital by ambulance and then flown to McKay Dee Hospital where he died of his injuries on Saturday, April 12.

Henson’s girlfriend Michelle Hoppie, 42, also appeared in court Monday. She is being charged with automobile homicide, a second-degree felony and failure to use an interlock device, a class B misdemeanor. A jury trial has been scheduled for October.

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