An unusual sentence for distracted driver who killed cop and his wife

Under a plea deal, the teen will have 25 public speaking engagements.
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Steve and Susie Nanney

Nearly a year after the accident that killed a Blaine police officer and his wife, the driver who caused it has received an unusual sentence.

Then 17, Callison Mae Olson was driving on Twin Lakes Road in Elk River when she was distracted by her cellphone, causing her to veer into oncoming traffic and slam into the motorcycle carrying Steve Nanney and his wife Susie.

The impact proved fatal for the couple, who were both 51 years old.

This week, Olson, now 18, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of supervised probation. One of the conditions of her probation requires her to "complete 25 public speaking engagements that focus on distracted driving within the next three years," a news release from the City of Blaine says.

She also won't be allowed to drive in that time.

Initially charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless driving, a plea agreement with prosecutors reduced it to just one count of each. 

Also as part of the agreement, which came after "much consultation with Steve and Susie’s families," the judge stayed Olson's sentence for the vehicular homicide charge.

At the sentencing hearing, Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany gave a victim impact statement with "many members of the Blaine Police Department" in attendance.

Nanney was a 10-year veteran of the Blaine Police Department. He was off-duty at the time of the crash.

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