Former deputy found guilty of DUI in fatal crash, but not manslaughter

Posted at 1:36 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 19:15:26-04

A former Pinellas County deputy was found guilty of DUI, but not guilty of manslaughter in connection to a crash that killed mother Ally Marler. 

Former deputy Timothy Vaughn was sentenced to 12 months probation, random alcohol testing and 50 hours community service. He faces a $2,000 fine. 

In May 2016, Vaughn’s vehicle hit the motorcycle Marler was driving on US 301.  

He admitted to drinking beers the night of the crash, but the jury wasn't convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that he caused the crashed.  Both the defense and prosecution presented expert witnesses about how the crash occurred.  Vaughn's defense team said he was not responsible for the crash.

Former deputy Vaughn was let go from the Sheriff’s office shortly after the crash. 

Ally Marler's family said they did not get justice.

"Today he is done with it, we will never be done with this," said Kimberly Marler.

They plan to work on keeping Ally's memory alive.