A former Spring Hill Elementary School teacher has pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter stemming from the accident he caused that resulted in the death of a 75-year-old man.
Robert McCraw, of Spring Hill, entered his plea Thursday and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Assistant State Attorney Bill Catto said while there is no plea agreement, McCraw is asking the judge for leniency.
"Court has to have reason to sentence him to less," Catto said. "I don't understandably believe there is any, but we'll see how it goes at sentencing."
In January 2011, McCraw was driving his 1993 Cadillac sedan southbound on U.S. 19 and drove through a red light and into the Pepper Lane intersection, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
His car plowed into the driver's side of a vehicle driven by Ludolf Breymann, 70, of Spring Hill. McCraw's car then struck a 2004 Ford van, which in turn struck another vehicle.
Breymann was transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point where he was pronounced dead. His passenger, along with those in the other two vehicles, sustained minor injuries. McCraw was uninjured.
It was determined McCraw was under the influence of Alprazolam, a generic name for Xanax, used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
McCraw is slated for sentencing on Dec. 12.