A Casper man pleaded no contest to a homicide charge in connection to the motorcycle crash that killed a Casper morning radio host in Montana a year ago. The plea came as part of a deal with prosecutors that would keep him out of prison.
A change of plea order filed Wednesday says William Michael Spicer, of Casper, entered a no contest plea to the felony negligent homicide charge and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of daytime speeding in relation to the crash that killed K2 Radio host Brian Scott Gamroth.
As a condition of the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Spicer be sentenced to pay more than $5,000 in fines and receive a suspended prison sentence of three years. If he successfully completes a three-year probation stint, the prison time will not be imposed, according to court documents.
In Montana, the maximum penalty allowed by law on the negligent homicide charge is 20 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine.
Gamroth worked at K2 Radio for more than two decades as host of its popular morning show.
Gamroth died in September 2016 in a motorcycle crash near Lewistown, Montana, as he and Spicer returned from a Shriners event in Canada. The two friends were trying to pass slower vehicles when oncoming traffic forced them to swerve back into their lane and the two motorcyclists collided. Gamroth died at the scene, and Spicer was hospitalized nearby.
“The recent revelation of criminal charges in Brian’s accident was news to the community, as it was to the family,” a news release from the family stated when charges were filed in March. “The family did not ask the State of Montana to pursue these charges and was not involved in the decision to prosecute Mr. Spicer.”
Spicer was released on his own recognizance and will be required to appear for his sentencing on Nov. 13.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.