Randy Robert Pashen of Morris appeared in Stevens County District Court this morning for sentencing in front of the Honorable Charles Glasrud. The 55-year-old Pashen had previously entered a guilty plea to Criminal Vehicular Homicide on September 24 of this year. He admitted to causing the death of Ricky Molden by operating a motor vehicle in a negligent manner while having a schedule I or II controlled substance present in his body.
On the day of the crash, Pashen had been heading southbound on Highway 9 when he crossed over completely into the northbound lane and collided with a pickup truck where Ricky Molden was the front seat passenger. Stevens County Ambulance and the Morris Fire Department responded to the scene of the crash, but Molden died at the scene.
Pashen was sentenced to 41 months in prison, the final 13 2/3 months of which will be served on supervised release with the Department of Corrections, presuming no disciplinary offenses while in prison. Victim impact statements that had been previously prepared by the family were read to the Court prior to sentencing.
The State Patrol was the primary agency investigating the crash. The Stevens County Attorney’s Office also thanked the Morris Police Department and the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.