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Detroit Free Press
Published 9:14 am ET Oct 21, 2015
LeAnne Rogers Hometown Life
A Romulus woman has entered a no-contest plea to a charges of second-degree murder when she drove off a residential street and killed a Westland boy.
Kimberly Garrett, 39, also plead no contest to a charge of driving under the influence causing death. The plea bargain calls for Garrett to receive a 25- to 50-year prison sentence.
“I’m satisfied with second-degree murder but I’m still upset – she should do life. She (Garrett) is 39 years old, so 50 years will be life for her,” said Sequoia Fruge, mother of 8-year-old Kayle Fruge. “I’m going to make sure she does every year of her time. I’ll go to everything (parole hearings).”
As part of the plea bargain, other charges against Garrett, including an additional second-degree murder count, reckless driving causing death, operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident were dismissed.
“This is a tragic case and we believe the sentence agreement is highly appropriate given the facts and evidence,” said Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Maria Miller.
Garrett is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 3 by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mark Slavens. Garrett has been jailed since her arrest following the June 20 accident.
Kayale Fruge, 8, was struck June 20 by a vehicle that left the roadway on Darwin near Delton Court and came into the yard where he was standing. The youngster died after being hospitalized on life support for several days.
Kayale Fruge, 8, with his mother Sequoia. The youngster was fatally injured after being struck by a vehicle that left the roadway in June.
Earlier court testimony was that Garrett, arrested after a witness followed her home from the accident scene, told police she had twice consumed cocaine and heroin, the sedative Ambien, antidepressant Prozac and had a couple beers before getting behind the wheel.
Garrett was aware that she was driving in violation of restrictions that stemmed from a March arrest for driving under the influence of drugs, according to police.