Drakesville Man Sentenced for Fatal Hit-And-Run


The Drakesville man who killed an Amish boy and injured another in a hit-and-run accident last year could spend up to two-and-a-half decades in prison.

In June, Terry Petary pleaded guilty to one count of homicide by vehicle, one count of serious injury by vehicle, one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, and one count of methamphetamine possession. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Judge Gregory Milani last week sentenced him to 25 years in prison, with a possibility of parole after a minimum of seven years.

In June of 2018, Petary was driving a pickup truck when he struck two brothers, nine-year-old Merlin Beechy and 12-year-old Nathan Beechy, on 180th Street near Drakesville. Merlin Beechy was killed, and Nathan Beechy suffered serious injuries. Petary was under the influence of meth at the time, and driving at night with his headlights off. He fled the scene, but was later arrested about five miles away.

At the time of the accident, Petary had also been the subject of a drug investigation. Judge Milani also sentenced him to 25 years in prison on drug trafficking charges, but that sentence will run concurrently with the sentence for the hit-and-run.


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