Ann Arbor man to remain in prison for fatal hit-and-run crash
George Feezel will remain behind bars for a few more months.
The Ann Arbor man convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal crash in 2005 was sentenced to serve up to five years in prison, court records show.
Circuit Judge Archie Brown credited him for more than four years and three months already served between jail and prison stemming from his 2007 trial conviction, leaving a balance of roughly 8 months. Feezel was convicted in January 2007 of driving while intoxicated and causing a death, and Brown sentenced him to up to 30 years in prison.
Feezel, 25, was granted a second trial by the Michigan Supreme Court in a 4-3 ruling issued in May. The court ruled the jury should have heard testimony that the pedestrian Feezel struck with his vehicle also had been drinking and ruled the marijuana byproduct in Feezel's system wasn't illegal.
Feezel later opted not to go to trial and pleaded no contest to the charge, which stemmed from the death of Pittsfield Township resident Kevin Bass, 39, on Packard Road at about 2 a.m. July 21, 2005. Feezel was also sentenced as a habitual offender for his third arrest.
A civil suit filed by Bass’ family is pending in Washtenaw County Circuit Court.
Art Aisner is a freelance writer for AnnArbor.com. Reach the news desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-623-2530.