Laurel County man sentenced for crash that killed his wife

Joshua A. Stopher

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Laurel County man who pleaded guilty in connection to a 2018 car crash that killed his wife will spend more than a decade behind bars.

Joshua Allen Stopher was driving under the influence when he tried to make a left turn, crossing into the path of an oncoming pickup truck on US 25. His wife, Charity Stopher, who was a passenger in his car, died at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was injured, but survived.

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Stopher was arrested in August of 2019.

He pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter, assault and driving under the influence in exchange for a recommended 13-year-sentence. On Monday, a judge upheld the sentencing recommendation.