Pharmacy Owner Gary Grove Pleads Guilty to Traffic Lane Violation

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. You may remember back in 2017, the owner of three Springfield pharmacies, Gary Grove, was charged with manslaughter.

According to the highway patrol crash report, Grove was driving his Cadillac when he crossed the center line and struck a motorcycle.

The motorcyclist., Julien Wayne, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Grove’s manslaughter charge dismissed and a new misdemeanor charge was added.

This afternoon, Grove appeared in court and pleaded guilty to a traffic lane violation offense.

Although he was given a sentence of 180 days in jail, the judge suspended jail time, as long as he doesn’t violate the terms of his two-year probation.

Grove’s attorney Adam Woody said during this case, they were able to provide evidence making it clear they could not prove negligence and manslaughter.

Woody said, “when he was originally indicted on manslaughter, the state charged him with causing the death of another person through negligence, and in order to prove negligence, they would have to prove that Mr. Grove deviated from the standard of care that a reasonable person would use under the circumstances. Following an exhaustive investigation, it was abundantly clear that they could not prove that. The accident was the result of unforeseen medical issues that Mr. Grove had at the time of the accident.”

Grove also made a brief statement, “to Julien’s loved ones, I want them to know how truly devastating and sorry I am for my involvement in the loss of their loved one. I know that their grief and pain they feel will continue and I’m very sorry. I love this community and to see so many of my community members rally during this accident is a reminder of how special this place is.”

The victim’s girlfriend was also present at court and made a statement recalling her good memories with Wayne. 

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