(10/29/2001)
A former Roane County resident and employee of Key Energy in Arnoldsburg has been sentenced to spend two to 13 years in prison. Dorsie Eugene Blosser, 41, now of Stout's Mill, was given the sentence in a Morgantown court for the October 11, 2000 DUI death that killed Brenda Sue Garden.

Blosser had previous DUI convictions in 1985, 1995 and 1999 in Texas, prior to his employment by Key Energy, owner of the rig.

Garden died after Blosser's huge well-servicing rig toppled over at a Morgantown intersection, crushing the woman and her Jeep Cherokee. An investigation showed the Key Energy truck was 9,900 pounds overweight and had bad brakes. The Garden estate reportedly has reached an agreement over her death with Key Energy.

Blosser pled no contest last August to the felony charges. "I want to give my condolences and sympathy....I'm sorry she died in the accident. I didn't aim for anybody to get hurt," he said.

In a packed Morgantown courtroom, Monongalia County Judge Russell Clawges, sentenced Blosser to one to three years on the DUI, third or subsequent offense, and one to 10 years for his conviction of DUI resulting in death, plus a $1000 fine. The sentences will run consecutively.

Blosser will be taken to North Central Regional Jail on November 5, prior to his entry into the West Virginia State Penitentiary.


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