Teen Could Face More Time for Texting/Driving Death

PLATTE CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City high school senior who spends her nights in jail, may have to stay full-time once she graduates.

Rachel Gannon, 17, killed 72-year old Loretta Larimer on N.W. Skyview Road in Kansas City North, while texting and driving in September of 2011. In May of 2012, Gannon went before a judge and was given two days of shock time and probation.

But four months later in September of 2012, she was given a year in jail after investigators learned she had violated probation. Gannon was caught hosting a party where alcohol was consumed while her parents were away.  The judge revoked Gannon’s probation but only on the misdemeanor count of assault.

On Thursday, Judge Abe Shafer decided not to rule on whether Gannon violated probation for the felony count of involuntary manslaughter.

Instead the judge will wait until May 30th when Gannon’s one year jail sentence is nearly complete.  If he decides she still hasn’t learned her lesson, the judge can keep her in prison for up to four years.

The victim’s daughter, Paula Larimer, says she originally supported leniency for Gannon but says her entire family now feels betrayed.

“If it were me, I would be devastated, having taken someone’s life; so it’s hard to imagine not taking that seriously,” said Paula Larimer.

Loretta Larimer’s 10-year old granddaughter was injured in the crash.

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