Woman, 81, sentenced in death of Charlie Kho, 13

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CLEVELAND -- An Olmsted Falls woman, 81, was sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Monday after Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Hollie Gallagher found her guilty of hit-and-run in the death of Charlie Kho, 13.

Helen Fettes was sentenced to five years of probation and house arrest; her driver's license was suspended for life; and she must pay $125,000 in restitution.

"Due to her age and illnesses, she may not have years to live but my son still had a lifetime ahead of him," the victim's mother Ali Kho said.

WKYC's Dave Summers was in the courtroom and says Fettes acknowledged that she hasn't driven since the accident.

"No matter what your age, no matter what your excuse is, if you did the crime, you do the time," the victim's father Charlie Kho Senior said.

Police and propsecutors say Fettes, then-80, on Oct. 17, 2011, struck Kho with her Mercury Sable in the area of Cook Road in Olmsted Township around 7 p.m.

Kho was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center. He died at approximately 3 p.m. Oct. 18, 2011, his 13th birthday.

"I would like to apologize to the family and let them know how much I care," Fettes said.

Fettes was eventually indicted in the accident on Dec. 30, 2011. She appeared in court in January, 2012 and pleaded no contest to a series of charges, including tampering with evidence and failure to stop after an accident.

Gallagher later found her guilty. Fettes faces a maximum of 10 and a half years in prison.

Police received information within days of the incident from a Ganley Body Shop employee in Middleburg Heights. They say a person was looking for body work on their damaged car.

Ganley employees were aware of the hit-skip and called police.


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