Michelle Julien pleas guilty in Blanchester woman’s death

May 9 sentencing date set

By Nathan Kraatz - nkraatz@civitasmedia.com

WILMINGTON — A Pleasant Plain woman once charged with vehicular manslaughter has pled guilty to reckless homicide, a lesser charge, and will be sentenced in May, according to court documents.

Michelle Julien, 55, of Pleasant Plain, pled guilty Monday to the third-degree felony of reckless homicide as part of a plea deal that resulted in the dropping of a second-degree felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter and a traffic violation. Initially, Julien was charged with all four charges.

In Blanchester in November 2014, Julien, driving a 2000 Ford van, traveled left of center and struck a 1988 Mercedes-Benz carrying three people, including 80-year-old Margie Richie, of Blanchester, who was fatally injured.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz and Julien’s own passenger were not fatally injured.

The maximum possible sentence Julien can receive is 36 months imprisonment and a $10,000 fine, according to the plea deal. A sentencing date has been set for May 9 at 3 p.m.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors will make no sentencing recommendation so long as Julien doesn’t violate her bond and remains on good behavior.

The plea agreement also renders moot an appeal from Julien and her attorney, who argued that the Ohio State Highway Patrol violated Julien’s rights while collecting evidence and testimony.

Julien’s bond was continued while a pre-sentence investigation report is compiled.

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May 9 sentencing date set

By Nathan Kraatz