Milford woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

October 4, 2018


SIBLEY, Iowa -- A Milford, Iowa, woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide as part of a plea agreement that calls for a 20-year prison sentence.

Ann Vanderpool, 50, entered her plea in Osceola County District Court to two counts of homicide by vehicle -- reckless driving. Her sentencing was set for Nov. 19 in the Dickinson County Courthouse in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Vanderpool was driving a Chevrolet Captiva at 10:50 a.m. on June 10, 2017, when she crossed the center line on Iowa Highway 9 near Sibley and collided head-on with a Toyota Camry driven by Travis Mier, of Spirit Lake. Mier, 48, was pronounced dead at the Osceola Community Hospital. His 5-year-old son, Elliott, was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital, where he died.

According to terms of a plea agreement, Vanderpool will be sentenced to 10 years in prison on each charge, and the sentences will be served consecutively, or back to back. She also will be ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution to the estates of Travis and Elliott Mier.

In a court filing Wednesday, District Judge John Lester said the plea agreement is binding on the sentencing judge, and he deferred approval of the agreement until sentencing.

Two counts of vehicular homicide alleging that Vanderpool was driving while intoxicated will be dismissed. According to court documents, a blood sample showed that Vanderpool, who also was injured in the collision, had a blood/alcohol content of .145 percent, above the 0.08 percent legal limit to drive in Iowa.

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