Glesne gets decade in cycle death

A Fort Dodge man who pleaded guilty to his role in the death of another man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jacob Glesne, 20, received the sentence from Judge William Ostlund Friday.

Glesne pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent on Jan. 17, 2012.

On June 9, 2012, Glesne was going south on Calhoun County Road N57 when he came up behind another motorcycle, which was being driven by Jonathon Spencer, 19, of Fort Dodge, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Troopers reported that Glesne’s motorcycle hit Spencer’s, causing both men to be thrown.

Spencer was killed in the crash.

The sentencing was held in Webster County because that’s where Judge William Ostlund, who accepted Glesne’s guilty plea, was scheduled to be Friday.

At Friday’s sentencing, Glesne, who had his right arm wrapped in a sling, apologized for his actions.

“I’m sorry to the family and to everybody,” he said.

Judge William Ostlund, who presided over the sentencing, said Glesne’s words are “a good start” to the healing process for all involved.

Referencing both Glesne and Spencer’s families, who filled the courtroom Friday, Ostlund spoke about what everybody was likely feeling.

“They all have one thing in common,” he said. “It may be a sense of sadness, or it may be a sense of support. There are those who have lost someone due to your behavior.”

Speaking directly to Glesne, Ostlund said it’s not too late to change his behavior.

“You’re a young person with the majority of your life ahead of you,” he said. “Make yourself a solemn promise that this will never happen again. You’re the only person who can make that difference.”

Ostlund also suspended a two-year prison sentence for the operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent conviction.

Erik Howe, assistant Calhoun County attorney, and Glesne’s attorney, Steve Kersten, both declined to comment on sentencing. The families of both Glesne and Spencer were also unavailable for comment Friday.

Before the hearing ended, Ostlund reminded Glesne why it’s important to watch his behavior.