Relatives deplore conviction in Omaha trial

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Outrage from an Omaha family on Thursday as the driver who killed their loved one secures a plea deal. Michael Corcoran was on his motorbike when Brenda Berger hit him a little over a year ago. Berger will now serve 21 days in prison for his death. The judge could have given Berger up to a year in prison, but she will serve only a fraction of it. “She stole an heirloom from my family, a million memories, a million moments. Next week at Thanksgiving, he’s not at our table,” said Erin Branscom, Michael’s sister. killed him will only serve 21 days in prison and two years of probation. Berger was on her way to work as a nurse when she hit the back of Corcoran’s motorcycle on I-480 near F Street. Omaha police found alcohol in his body that morning , but it was below the legal limit. “I think we would feel very different as a family if it was truly a 100% accident, but she made choices that day. As a nursing colleague, she was commuting to work. I go to work every morning and I don’t have any alcohol in my body at 7:56 am, ”said Julie Wyssman, another sister of Michael. Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom on Thursday, and there is no booking photo for Berger. The judge said he must sentence her within the limits of the law. Douglas County District Attorney Donald Kleine said they had done what they could. “The evidence we had and the police investigation showed that the person was under the legal limit. And there was no other factor that would help us prove someone was impaired,” Kleine said. Corcoran’s family feels the opposite. “Whether or not she was above the legal limit or not, she was under the influence at some level. And this is not the first rodeo for her,” Wyssman said. Berger’s attorney says his client is getting help from Alcoholics Anonymous and has written letters of remorse. None of this is enough for Corcoran’s family. “She will be at Christmas, she will not be in jail. But my brother will not be at Christmas,” Branscom said. Corcoran died a day before his 32nd birthday. He is also survived by a young child. Berger is currently serving his 21-day sentence. KETV also heard in court that her South Dakota nursing license had been revoked.

Outrage from an Omaha family on Thursday as the driver who killed their loved one secures a plea deal.

Michael Corcoran was on his motorbike when Brenda Berger hit him a little over a year ago. Berger will now serve 21 days in prison for his death.

The judge could have given Berger up to a year in prison, but she will serve only a fraction of it.

“She stole an heirloom from my family, a million memories, a million moments. Next week at Thanksgiving, he’s not at our table,” said Erin Branscom, Michael’s sister.

Branscom says there was no justice in his brother’s death because the driver who killed him will only serve 21 days in jail and two years of probation.

Berger was on her way to work as a nurse when she hit the back of Corcoran’s motorcycle on I-480 near F Street. Omaha police found alcohol in his body that morning , but it was below the legal limit.

“I think we would feel very different as a family if it was truly a 100% accident, but she made choices that day. As a nursing colleague, she was commuting to work. I go to work every morning and I don’t have any alcohol in my body at 7:56 am, ”said Julie Wyssman, another sister of Michael.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom on Thursday, and there is no booking photo for Berger. The judge said he must sentence her within the limits of the law.

Douglas County District Attorney Donald Kleine said they had done what they could.

“The evidence we had and the police investigation showed that the person was under the legal limit. And there was no other factor that would help us prove someone was impaired,” Kleine said.

Corcoran’s family feels the opposite.

“Whether or not she was above the legal limit or not, she was under the influence at some level. And this is not the first rodeo for her,” Wyssman said.

Berger’s attorney says his client is getting help from Alcoholics Anonymous and has written letters of remorse. None of this is enough for Corcoran’s family.

“She will be at Christmas, she will not be in jail. But my brother will not be at Christmas,” Branscom said.

Corcoran died a day before his 32nd birthday. He is also survived by a young child. Berger is currently serving his 21-day sentence. KETV also heard in court that her South Dakota nursing license had been revoked.


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