A retired Pennsylvania State Trooper involved with a deadly vehicle crash in Southington back in November of 2023 has learned his fate in court Tuesday.

Fifty-five-year-old Joseph Yuran was handed an indefinite concurrent sentence of seven to 10 and a half years in prison plus 180 days in jail on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI stemming from a crash that claimed the life of 23-year-old Tyler Richmond. He must also pay a $1,075 fine.

Yuran pled guilty to these charges back in March.

During the hearing, the court heard from those close to Richmond including his mother Lisa Richmond who said her family's life was "forever changed" when she lost her only son. She told Yuran she hopes this incident "haunts [him] for the rest of [his] life."

"Because of your careless actions, you have broken our family. We will never see get to [Tyler] get married, or have children or grow older. For that matter, he will always be 23," Lisa said.


The court also heard from Richmond's girlfriend who said they were just starting their future together and that Yuran had taken that from her and that continuing to hear about Yuran makes her "physically sick."

Hanks had asked Judge Rice to hand Yuran the maximum sentence due to his previous OVI convictions and his previous status as a law enforcement officer.

Yuran himself addressed the court and described the situation as "the worst decision [he's] ever made in [his] life" and expressed remorse for his actions and said "the man who was part of that accident would no longer be part of [his] life."

"Mr. and Mrs. Richmond, I'm so sorry for what I've done to you. I have no idea how devastating of an impact this had on your family. ... No mother should have to bury their child," Yuran said while facing the family in the courtroom.

The crash occurred after Yuran ran a stop sign near U.S. Route 224 and State Route 305 and struck Richmond's Chevy Malibu with his pickup truck. The aftermath of that crash can be seen below.

 Yuran was found to have had a blood alcohol content of .196, which is well over the legal limit of .08. At the time, he had already been ordered not to drink alcohol due to a previous OVI conviction.