CLEVELAND – The man convicted in a crash that killed a Beachwood High School teacher and his girlfriend was sentenced to at least 16 years in prison.
A judge last month found Sanford Doss, 31, guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the March crash that killed math teacher Art Gugick, 59, and Barbara Becker, 52.
On Wednesday, Doss was given up to 19 and a half years in prison, a lifetime license suspension and a $1,600 fine.
Investigators said Doss was driving a pickup truck when he ran a red light and crashed into an Uber Gugick and Becker were riding in at the intersection of South Woodland and Warrensville Center roads. The driver of the Uber suffered minor injuries.
Prosecutors said Doss’ blood-alcohol content was .264, more than three times the legal limit. He was also driving 86 mph in a 35 mph zone prior to the crash, according to prosecutors. Investigators found several empty liquor bottles in his truck.
In September, Doss changed his plea to no contest to eight charges in the deadly crash. He has a lengthy driving record that includes a past conviction for OVI and more than a dozen speeding tickets.
Gugick was a popular teacher and world renowned “Lego master,” who was known for his Lego creations of landmarks and famous artwork. Becker worked at the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, a non-profit that helps children.