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Steve and Susie Nanney, of Ham Lake, were killed in a motorcycle crash in Elk River June 15, 2018. Steve Nanney worked with the Blaine Police Department for the past 10 years, most recently as school resource officer at Blaine High School. (Photo courtesy of the Blaine Police Department)

An Elk River woman will spend 60 days in jail and have her driving privileges suspended three years for the off-duty death of former Blaine police officer Steve Nanney and his wife, Susie Nanney.

Callison Mae Olson, 18, will also be required to speak publicly about the dangers of distracted driving.

Olson was sentenced Tuesday, May 28, in Sherburne County District Court after pleading guilty to one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide and one gross misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

The Nanneys, of Ham Lake, died after a pickup truck driven by Olson hit their motorcycle head on June 15, 2018, on Twin Lakes Road in Elk River. Investigators determined Olson, who was then 17, was distracted by her cell phone at the time of the crash.

Olson was initially charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless driving. After much consultation with the family of the Nanneys, an agreement was reached to dismiss one count of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving, according to a statement from the Blaine Police Department.

As part of the plea agreement, Olson pleaded guilty to the remaining felony count of criminal vehicular homicide but received a stay of adjudication. That means she won't be convicted of a felony if she successfully completes three years probation. She was convicted of the remaining gross misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.

Olson will serve 60 days in jail and be required to complete 25 public speaking engagements focused on distracted driving within three years, as well as meet other conditions of probation, including not driving.

Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany gave a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing, and many members of the Blaine Police Department attended the hearing, according to a statement from the department.

Steve Nanney, 51, was a member of the Blaine Police Department for 10 years, spending the last three years of his career as a school resource officer at Blaine High School. Susie Nanney, 51, was a professor at the University of Minnesota.

 

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