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Family and Friends of YVCC Dean React to Sentencing

YAKIMA, Wa -  "Two days ago would've been our 37th anniversary," says Peggy Keller's husband, Gordon Keller.

His voice trembled when told the court about losing his wife.  He read a letter from his son who could not bear to be at the sentencing, and a letter the family received from Governor Chris Gregoire.

Peggy Keller, Dean of Distance Learning and Technical Services at YVCC, was killed by Marcos Ramos Medina in a head on crash on US Highway 97 in August of 2005.  He was high on meth at the time of the crash.

Keller's husband had mixed emotions about the sentencing for Medina.

"I'm glad he got the 61 months, but I definitely don't think it's nearly adequate enough," he says

Peggy Keller's family and friends all had the chance to speak to Marcos Ramos Medina face to face at his sentencing.

They placed a picture of her in front of him.

"She was a great educator," says Sherry Schnebly, a co-worker and friend of Keller's, "You could've learned a lot from her."

Schnebly says the circumstance surrounding the trial make them angry.  Medina is a twice deported illegal immigrant with prior drug arrests.  He also tried to escape from the Yakima county jail during the trial, but got caught up in the duct-work in the ceiling.

At the trial, Medina did offer an apology.

"She was so much more than a boss.  She was my best friend.  So this is a double loss," says Schnebly.