NEWARK — Sentencing was announced Monday in Licking County Juvenile Court for Spencer Lorenza, 18, of Utica, following events on Sept. 2 that led to the death of Hannah Lea Gattrell.
Lorenza was involved in an altercation at Utica High School then fled while being pursued by Utica police officers before crashing his vehicle.
Lorenza was found guilty on counts of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to comply with a police officer and assault.
Visiting Judge Thomas Louden determined that Lorenza would not be classified as a serious youthful offender.
According to Lorenza’s attorney Robert Calesaric, Lorenza’s sentencing states that he must remain on house arrest and report regularly to a probation officer for two years, cannot attend Utica High School activities and must serve 100 hours of community service. The terms of this sentencing will begin in May, according to Calesaric. Lorenza is serving a sentence at a correctional facility since December on a separate case of receiving stolen property.
“He’s extremely focused on living a life that Hannah would be proud of. He wants to live up to her expectations,” said Calesaric. “This has been a soul-changing event for him.”