Sentence Day
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The two men charged in the death of Hollidaysburg teen in a 2017 fatal ATV crash were sentenced Tuesday. Both Trent Bilak and Jacob Helsel were sentenced for their roles in the death of Mikayla Focht. Bilak received eight to 17 1/2 years in prison on charges of accidents involving death and homicide by vehicle. He also was sentenced to two years probation after his prison term on a charges of tampering with evidence. District Attorney Richard Consiglio said it was the maximum sentence Bilak could face. Helsel was sentenced to four to eight years in prison on charges of accidents involving death. He also received two years probation for tampering with evidence. Consiglio called the sentences "a degree of justice" for the Focht family. Both men previously pleaded guilty in the case in lieu of going to trial. Focht was killed in the early morning hours of April 14, 2017 after she was thrown off the back of an ATV driven by Bilak. Police said Helsel was following the ATV in a Jeep and ran her over. Investigators said both men fled the scene and didn't call for help