Louis Gene Demora was high on heroin, cocaine and Xanax when he was driving his GMC SUV down a side street at nearly 100 miles per hour on Dec. 20, 2016.
His SUV almost cut the Nissan Sentra driven by Jenna Richards, 22 of Croydon, in half, killing the young woman. The speed limit on the road was 25 miles per hour.
Demora was sentenced to serve 17 and a half to 40 years in prison on Monday after a jury found him guilty of third degree murder, homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, DUI, reckless driving, and exceeding the maximum speed by 63 mph on Nov. 2. Demora had a laundry list of prior offenses including driving infractions, crimes and battled drug addiction.
Witnesses of the crime said Demora told them that he was trying to commit suicide when driving at such a high rate of speed and never meant to hurt anyone.
“Something was going to happen,” Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Brian T. McGuffin said. “Just flying down the road like a heat-seeking missile bent on destruction … This is the definition of malice.”
Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James, who prosecuted the case, said Demora was “a man without remorse” who continued to drive recklessly and impaired despite numerous convictions, prison sentences and drug and alcohol classes and rehabilitation programs.
“Nothing has worked,” James said.”The system didn’t fail this defendant. This defendant failed the system.”
Richards was a recent graduate of Holy Family University, where she graduated summa cum laude.