Brigan sentenced for car crash killing Carlton County Workers

By KBJR News 1

Brigan sentenced for car crash killing Carlton County Workers

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 7:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The woman responsible for the car crash that killed Carlton County Workers Zach Gamache and Mitchell Lindgren in October 2012 has received her final sentence this morning.

Both families who lost their loved ones took the stand this morning to express their grief for the loss, and their anger towards the person they say caused it.

Judge Dale O. Harris sentenced 28–year–old Vanessa Rae Brigan with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Brigan has been sentenced to 6 years in prison, with a year and a half already served. She has also been ordered to pay $210 in restitution. Judge Harris also recognized Brigan's cooperation and expression of remorse during the trial.

"I would describe it as, a very, very, very, sad. I mean it, the victims wanted to get their word in and I think this was their opportunity to do so, um this is what the system is made for, so that families can express to the court their feelings on what happened in the incident and as to the law,” Assistant Carlton County Attorney, Jesse D. Berglund, said.

At the scene in October 2012, Police found syringes containing a small amount of methadone along with used needles in Brigan's car and a nearly empty bottle of methadone.

There were also needles and methadone bottles in the ditch and fresh needle marks were found on her arms.

Family and friends did not want to speak on camera today. Zach Gamache's girlfriend did say she has forgiven Brigan. However, Mitchell Lindgren's widow says, for her and other loved ones, forgiveness is nowhere in sight.

Alyssa Chrisinger
Achrisinger@kbjr.com