The LaPorte woman
who police say was driving under the influence of narcotics when--exactly
one year and five days ago--she slammed into two pedestrians in a Valparaiso
crosswalk, killing one of them, has agreed to plead guilty to three
Rachel Marvin, 24,
would spend at least nine years in prison, under a plea agreement reached
with the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
originally charged with 10 felonies--the most serious, a Level 4 count, OWI
with a Schedule I or II metabolite in the blood, causing death--after
Valparaiso Police said that she had heroin in her system when she struck
Lindy Wilson of Liberty Township and Beverly Beschinski of Morgan Township
as they were walking on the morning of Sept. 25, 2014, in the crosswalk at
Morgan Blvd. and Lincolnway.
Wilson died later
in the day after being airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
Marvin has agreed
to plead guilty to the Level 4 felony, as well as to a pair of Level 6
felonies: OWI with a Schedule I or II metabolite in the blood, causing
serious bodily injury; and possession of heroin.
In exchange all
other counts against Marvin would be dismissed.
Under the deal,
Marvin would be sentenced to 12 years in the Indiana Department of
Correction (DOC) on the Level 4 count, with two years suspended to formal
probation; to 30 months in the DOC on the second OWI count, no time
suspended; and to 30 months on the possession count, the whole of it
suspended to formal probation.
of Level 4 felonies must serve at least 75 percent of their sentence before
being eligible for release on parole; those convicted of Level 6 felonies,
at least 50 percent of their sentence. That would mean Marvin would serve at
least nine years in the DOC.
license would also be suspended, under the agreement, for a period of 10
Both Wilson and
Beschinski were former employees of the Porter County Auditor’s Office.
Wilson was also the mother of Porter County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Tammy Gregg, a fact which later prompted Porter Superior Court Judge Roger
Bradford to appoint a special prosecutor to the case, Christine Haskell of
Jasper County; and a special public defender, Nicholas Otis of LaPorte.
Earlier this year,
in February, Bradford also lowered Marvin’s bond from $100,000 cash to a
combined $20,000 surety and $1,000 in cash, on a number of conditions,
including the requirement that Marvin be accepted into a residential drug
treatment program. Some three months later, Marvin’s bond was revoked after
it was determined that her residence at the Women’s Recovery Home had been
After her arrest on
Sept. 25, 2014, Marvin tested positive for opiates and cocaine in her blood
and urine, admitted having “done cocaine the night before,” and “made other
comments that she should not have been driving,” the VPD said.
Marvin’s vehicle after the crash, the VPD added: 0.2 grams of heroin, 0.3
grams of cocaine, and a glass smoking device.