10 years in prison for Diamond man who killed Paris couple in drunken Sept. 2012 crash in Trumbull County

From staff and wire reports Published:

A Diamond man was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Trumbull County Common Pleas judge last week, and had his driver's license suspended for life for killing two Paris Township residents in a September 2012 alcohol-related traffic crash.

Paul Wodianka, 43, of 15235 Mahoning Ave., was sentenced by Judge W. Wyatt McKay after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, in the Sept. 21, 2012, deaths of Jamie T. Danes, 37, and Emily M. Danes, 29, according to Mahoning Valley media sources.

According to the highway patrol, Wodianka was speeding when his 1997 Cadillac STS crossed the center line of South Canal Street in Newton Township in Trumbull County at 10:30 p.m. the day of the crash. He hit a 2005 Chevrolet Impala carrying Jamie and Emily Danes, who were out celebrating their wedding anniversary. The couple were not wearing seatbelts and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the highway patrol.

They left behind an 8-year-old son, Brendan, and numerous family members in northeast Ohio.

Wodianka was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. His blood alcohol content tested at 0.052, though Ohio Highway Patrol troopers also found sedatives in his system, according to the (Warren) Tribune Chronicle. He did not have prescriptions for any of the drugs, said Michael Burnett, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, according to the newspaper.

It was Wodianka's sixth drunken driving arrest since 1996, according to Mahoning County court records and media reports.

Wodianka apologized to the family in court, according to the (Youngstown) Vindicator.

"I would just like to say how sorry I am to the family," Wodianka said, according to the newspaper.

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  • Their son still will not have a mother or father in ten years. If it were my parents 10 years would not be enough.

  • And the court made the plea deal and let him out again, and again, and again. He would have gotten less time in Portage County. I know a person that killed 2 in auto accident under the influence. Only sentenced/served 4 years in prison...Supposedly only can drive to work and AA meetings,Dr, and so on. I see the persons vehicle at the local bar after their workday is done.

  • 10 years is not enough. Jamie and Emily good people going about life doing everything they were supposed to do. Hard working, loved everything family, and most of all lived for their son Brendan. He will grow up without his parents that were the world to him. He has loving family that will make sure that they are there for him as he grows up, graduates from school, gets married, and has a family of his own. All the things that Jamie and Emily will never be able to do. No one can take the place of his parents. Paul Wadianka forever changed the lives of everyone that knew and loved Jamie and Emily. What most people dont know is that just 3 weeks after they were killed Jamie's dad died from a massive stroke caused from the stress of loosing his youngest son. Jamie and Emily were not drinking that night, they celebrated their anniversary with dinner and a movie, and the next day had plans to celebrate Brendans birthday. It has been mentioned that they were not wearing seat belts. I do not believe in not wearing them, however in this case it would not have helped as Mr. Wadianka was driving so fast when he hit them, they were trapped. Mr. Wadianka will one day get out and go on with his life, but nothing will bring back Jamie and Emily. Their families sentence is forever. There is something seriously wrong with the system. Mr. Wadianka had 7 prior DUIs each time getting off with a slap on the wrist. On the night of the crash he had 2 bench warrents out for his arrest. Perhaps if he had been punished like he should have been Jamie and Emily would still be here today.

  • 10 years is not enough. Jamie & Emily Danes were good people going about life doing everything they were supposed to do. Hard working, loved everything family, and most of all lived for their son Brendan. He will grow up without the very people that was his whole wolrd. Jamie and Emily will never get to see Brendan grow up, graduate from school, get married, or have a children of his own. Something that most people dont know is that Paul Wadianka didnt just take the life of Jamie and Emily, but just three weeks after they were killed, Jamie's dad died from a massive stroke that was caused by the stress of loosing his youngest son. This mans careless decision has changed the lives of everyone who knew and loved Jamie and Emily. They were not drinking, they celebrated their anniversary with dinner and a movie. While I do not promote not wearing seat belts, they would not have made a difference in this situation. Mr. Wadianka hit them so hard they were crushed. PAUL Wadianka will one day get out of prison and go on with his life. Nothing will bring Jamie and Emily back. Their families sentence is forever.

  • What ever happened to "an eye for an eye". In 10 years, probably less, this guy will be free drive and kill again. 5 prior arrests. People drive without licenses all the time. The laws must be changed. The 8 year old will never see his parents again. This guy deserves life. I don't care if the others were wearing seat-belts or not, I don't even care if they too were drunk. You kill, you lose all freedom. This was no accident. He chose to drink and drive.....again, and again, and again.