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The Suburbanite
  • Driver in fatal crash granted early release from jail

  • A Perry Township woman convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide in May in connection with the traffic death of her friend has been granted an early release from jail.

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  • A Perry Township woman is out of jail after serving nearly half of a six month jail term stemming from the August 2011 crash that killed her classmate and best friend, Victoria L. “Torrie” Wells.
    Kasey Schilling, 18, of 3244 Hilton St. NW, was granted an early release from prison Wednesday by Stark County Common Pleas Judge John Haas on the condition that she follows the rules of her five-year probation, which includes up to 90 days of electronically monitored house arrest and a three-year driver’s license suspension. Haas reserved three years in prison if Schilling gets into trouble and warned her to stay away from social media. Some of Wells’ family members previously complained that some of Schilling’s Facebook posts had been upsetting.
    Haas sentenced Schilling in May after she pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, a first-degree felony, and at the time said he would consider a request for early release. During Wednesday’s hearing, Haas said Schilling’s ongoing treatments for injuries she received in the crash were a factor in his decision.
    Attorney Wayne Graham said his client has been making weekly trips to the doctor.
    Schilling was ordered to report to court on Oct. 10 to allow Haas to check on her employment status and whether restitution has been made to Wells’ family.  
    Schilling was driving west on 12th Street NW at Bowen Circle in Perry Township during the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2011, when she lost control of her 2002 Ford Explorer, went off the right side of the road and crashed into a guardrail and then a ditch.
    Prosecutors say Schilling was traveling 58 to 64 mph in a 45-mph zone and illegally passed another vehicle before she lost control of the SUV. Wells, a 2011 Perry High graduate, was riding in the front passenger seat and was thrown from the vehicle.
    Wells, 18, was one week away from starting classes at Bowling Green State University at the time of the crash.