Woman Receives 8 Years In Prison For Killing Officer While Driving Drunk


Ashley Kroese appeared in court in Williamson County, Tennessee on Wednesday. This was to receive her sentence. She had been found guilty in relation to the death of a Brentwood police officer.

Kroese was given an eight-year sentence in the death of Officer Destin Legieza, 30.

In February, Kroese was found guilty of vehicular homicide(intoxication). She was also guilty of recklessness aggravated assault causing death.

On June 18, 2020, Legieza’s police car was struck head-on in a southbound lane. Detectives stated that Kroese wasn’t traveling in the correct lane, and her lights weren’t on. She had hit the officer’s vehicle after having a night of fun with her friends in the city of Franklin.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) disclosed that Kroese’s blood alcohol concentration was .166. That is more than twice the legal limit.

“Ashley, you have to remember Destin as the man you killed. I get to remember him as the man I loved,” said his widow, Heather Legieza.

“I can’t pretend to know what you’re going through. I think about it every day,” Kroese said on the stand as she expressed remorse to Legieza’s family.


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