Howard City woman gets prison time for fatal drunken driving crash

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:16 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stacy Rosset

GRAND RAPIDS — A Howard City woman was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison Wednesday after a drunken driving accident last summer that claimed the life of an 8-year-old boy.

Stacy Rosset, 37, pleaded no contest April 13 to operating under the influence of liquor causing death. A second charge of operating under the influence of liquor causing injury was dismissed in exchange for her plea.

Rosset was sentenced Wednesday in Kent County Circuit Court to from two to 15 years in prison.

Rosset was driving her Lexus southbound under the influence of alcohol at about 11:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, when she ran a stop sign at M-57 and Harvard Avenue, slamming broadside into a 1999 Chevy Venture minivan, according to the Michigan State Police. The minivan rolled over after being hit.

Richard Mulnix of Sand Lake, who was driving the minivan, his wife, Maija, and their 7-year-old son, Dylan, all received minor injuries. Their 10-year-old son, Caleb, received serious injuries. Their 8-year-old son, Brody, died at the scene.

Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker said Rosset had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 at the time of the accident. The legal limit for drunken driving is 0.08.

Rosset and her husband, Chad Rosset, had begun going through divorce proceedings before the accident. The divorce has since been finalized. They have two children, ages 14 and 12.

The Mulnix family could not be reached for comment for this story. They did not speak in court Wednesday.

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