Man Sentenced for Killing Couple on Anniversary

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NEWTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Paul Wodianka, 42, of Diamond, Ohio, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for killing Jamie Danes, 37, and his wife, Emily, of Newton Falls last year.

"He has 10 years to think about all the things these people were, and I think it was important for him to know these things, what kind of people they were," said Mark Kivimaki, Emily's brother.

Back in September, the couple was driving along South Canal Street in Newton Township when Wodianka hit them head-on.

Wednesday, family members of the young couple gave victim impact statements on how he changed their lives forever.

Family members say Jamie and Emily were on their way home from a dinner and movie and were celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary.

They leave behind an 8-year-old son.

Authorities say alcohol and drugs contributed to the crash. In fact, Wodianka had been arrested several times for OVI and drug charges in the past.

"There were so many opportunities for this to stop, and it never happened. All the times he was caught doesn't count the times he wasn't caught," said Ray Kivimaki, Emily's father.

As for the Daneses family, there is closure now that Wodianka is no longer behind the wheel.

"For me, I want to walk out of this courtroom and never think about Paul Wodianka again. I want him to be gone and done, and I want to concentrate on my grandson and help him grow up to be the kind of person that his mom and dad would want him to be," cried Cathy Kivimaki, Emily's mother.

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