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Man to serve time, pay restitution

February 05, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man convicted of paralyzing a friend in an alcohol-related accident last year was sentenced to jail Wednesday in Franklin County Court and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution.

Tyler David Shives, 20, of 1131 Coldspring Road in Fayetteville, Pa., pleaded guilty Dec. 22 to aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, according to court records. Senior Judge John R. Walker sentenced Shives to five years of intermediate punishment, a sentence that included one year in the county jail.

The restitution list amounted to almost $400,000 and noted that "the victim will have medical bills for the rest of his life and will have additional co-pays."

Corey R. Hege, 22, of Chambersburg, was paralyzed in the June 1, 2008, accident on Mount Pleasant Road near Mountain Shadow Drive in Antrim Township, Pennsylvania State Police said. He was thrown from the car Shives was driving in the 1:45 a.m. accident, police said.

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Shives' blood-alcohol level was 0.085 percent, police said. The legal limit for intoxication is 0.08 percent in Pennsylvania.

Much of the restitution was for medical bills, but also included costs for making Hege's home handicapped-accessible, according to court documents.

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