A Sherrills Ford man pleaded guilty to murder earlier this week in a Catawba County courtroom in connection with a wreck last winter that killed a Denver woman and injured her son.
According to various news media outlets, 43-year-old Brian Hieb pled guilty to second-degree murder and DWI on Monday.
Hieb was indicted on murder charges in March 2011.
It was only a month earlier that his Chevy pickup crossed the center line on Slanting Bridge Road, near N.C. 150, first side-swiping a Dodge pickup, causing minor damage to both vehicles and no injuries to the drivers. After Hieb’s vehicle continued to spin out of control from the minor collision, his slammed head-on into a Mercury passenger car, killing Sandra Faye Campbell and injuring her 26-year-old son Darren Moore, according to a previous Times-News article.
Hieb’s vehicle overturned, and he was rushed to Lake Norman Hospital.
Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that Hieb had been drinking at a local bar just prior to getting into his vehicle that evening.
Hieb was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony death by vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle and driving while impaired.
He will spend at least eight years and up to a decade behind bars for the two convictions.