Woman sentenced to 10-1/2 years

Marian Hoffman

Marian Hoffman

KINGMAN - While Joseph "Andre" Lortie will not live another day of his life, the woman responsible for his death will spend the next 10 years and six months of hers in prison.

On Wednesday, Mohave County Superior Court Commissioner Lee Jantzen sentenced Marian Marlene Hoffman, 59, of Kingman to 10 years and six months in prison on manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and extreme driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor charges.

"DUI cases are result-based cases," prosecutor Ros Saciuk said. "In this case, we have the worse-result DUI case: a man is dead."

While Saciuk talked about the case, Steve and Ramona Auld spoke of the man they called a brother.

"What we want is everyone to know that Andre was a person," Steve said, "a good, good person."

Described as an everyday man who worked hard, Steve explained Lortie's character.

"He did anything in the world for anybody," Steve said.

Lortie, 53, of Kingman, had been an integral part of the Auld family, Ramona said.

"He is just not a name, a case number, a docket number," Ramona said. "He is a man."

Having spent 15 years as a police officer, Ramona has had to deliver death notices to families. A fellow officer broke the news of Lortie's death to her following the accident.

"I never knew what I did to those families until it happened to me," Ramona said.

Ramona took on the task of alerting Lortie's mother in Canada and handled funeral arrangements.

Lortie was stopped on his motorcycle at the intersection of Andy Devine and Airway avenues the morning of Nov. 21 waiting for the light to change. Traveling at an estimated 48 mph with a blood-alcohol concentration between .224 and .227, Hoffman struck the back of Lortie with her sedan sending him tumbling off his motorcycle.

Hoffman continued driving, striking another vehicle before being stopped by civilians on Shangri-La Drive. The Kingman Police Department arrested her a few blocks from the scene.

Lortie, who wasn't wearing a helmet, suffered severe head injuries. He was airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he died on Dec. 1 as a result of his injuries.

"I wear a helmet every single time I ride a motorcycle since the accident," Steve said.

Jantzen sentenced Hoffman to an aggravated sentence of seven years on the manslaughter charge, before ordering Hoffman to a consecutive three-year, six-month sentence for the leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death charge. Hoffman will serve 90 days on the extreme driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor misdemeanor charge while serving the manslaughter sentence.

Hoffman pled guilty to the charges on May 23. She was originally charged with felony driving under the extreme influence of intoxicating liquor, felony manslaughter and felony leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Hoffman did not speak at the sentencing because she was too distraught, defense attorney Sandra Carr said. Carr spoke on Hoffman's behalf.

"She is, by far, the most remorseful client I've ever had," Carr said.