Driver who killed Newport couple gets life in prison

The scene in Campbell Circuit, in Judge Dan Zalla’s courtroom. 

The driver charged in a high-speed chase that killed two and wounding two others, was sentenced to life in prison today. Judge Dan Zalla gave Mason Meyer, 28, life in prison on two counts of murder in addition to 20 years on the remaining charges of four counts of wanton endangerment, one count of fleeing or evading police, and one count of criminal mischief. 

The trial took place in Campbell County Circuit Court. 

Meyer’s charges and subsequent conviction occurred after a police chase on Aug. 7, 2020 ended with a crash at Press on Monmouth. According to police records, Meyer was driving a vehicle that slammed into a group of pedestrians, killing Gayle Laible, 80, and Ray Laible, 81, as they were eating outside on the patio.

The chase started after Meyer refused to stop for Cincinnati Police during a drug investigation. The chase, which started in Lower Price Hill, traveled across the Roebling Suspension Bridge, through Covington and into Newport.

Kirsten Johnson, 22, was inside of Meyer’s vehicle, as well as one other person. That third occupant has not been charged.

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Johnson was arrested and charged federally on gun and drug charges.

The Laibles’ daughter, Angela Laible Endress, is suing Cincinnati Police, alleging that the chase was reckless. She said that she was relieved, but the verdict was bittersweet. 

“We can finally move forward. Today was about Mason Meyer, but the problem is that this was an unnecessary police chase that could’ve been stopped. I feel happy but I know there’s a long road ahead,” she said. 

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