A Cambridge family waited nearly two full years for justice. On Tuesday, an Anoka County judge gave them what they asked for, a prison sentence for an impaired driver who took the life of their beloved dad, husband and grandfather, Gary Christofferson.
Christofferson was a former teacher and coach in the Cambridge-Isanti school district.
He was killed in a head-on crash in Andover on August 26, 2013.
"He has missed out on a life he should be living. He was an amazing man who touched all of us in a way that was extremely special," his son Josh said.
His wife, Pat, of 40-plus years said Gary's mantra was simply, "Life is good."
"We've attempted to look at all the good he gave in his life. Also to go forward and honor what he gave us. We are committed to doing more of what he was about," she said.
43-year old Christina Rockstroh was behind the wheel of the other vehicle. Test results showed she had meth in her system when she crossed into the opposite direction of traffic on Round Lake Boulevard. She had previously pleaded guilty to Criminal Vehicular Homicide. Her defense team had asked the judge for probation.
Ultimately, Judge Tammi A. Fredrickson ignored the arguments that Rockstroh was a strong candidate for probation, and sentenced her to 4 years in prison, the presumed sentence according to Minnesota sentencing guidelines.