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Man Gets Home Detention in OWI Accident that Killed Motorcyclist
Saturday Sep 09, 2017 6:12pm
Angola, IN

By: Sheila McCrea

38-year-old Chet Gilbert of Ashley left court Thursday a free man after he admitted to operating while intoxicated in a crash that caused the death of a motorcyclist.

Gilbert was driving when his vehicle struck the rear of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Brian Platten from Ontario, Canada. Platten was dragged 200 feet along with his motorcycle before being ejected. Officers on the scene at the time of the accident testified that Platten was dead when he arrived.

The initial inicident happened in Steuben County; however, DeKalb County Deputy Prosecutor Erik Weber was appointed as a special special prosecutor to handled the case. In this case a special prosecutor was utilized to avoid the appearance of any impropriety, which is a regular part of the criminal justice system.

Gilbert was sentenced in Steuben Circuit Court to 2 1/2 years probation. The term will be served through the DeKalb County Probation Department, due to personal and family ties in the Steuben County Probation Office.

Gilbert expressed remorse for his action during court testimony.


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