A motorist convicted of driving a stolen vehicle into a man exiting his car to attend a church Christmas pageant last year, then fleeing to his girlfriend’s home where authorities later discovered ammunition and stolen property was sentenced yesterday to 14 years in prison.
Michael John Weiler, 28, was also ordered to pay $89,150 to his victim, $1,348,708 to Sutter Select health plan and other restitution. Weiler has credit of 325 days and must serve 85 percent of his term.
The lengthy sentence was due in part to the circumstances of the current case and a juvenile criminal history, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Weiler pleaded no contest in May to felony hit-and-run, causing great bodily injury and having prior convictions in return for up to 14 years in prison. Charges related to the alleged stolen property were dismissed earlier because prosecutors could not prove he committed the Millbrae robbery.
Weiler was driving a stolen Ford F-250 truck Dec. 19, 2012, when, just before 7 p.m., he collided with a man exiting his vehicle on the 400 block of Miller Avenue to attend the Christmas pageant at All Souls Church in South San Francisco.
The driver did not stop but cameras in a nearby parking lot filmed the collision and a South San Francisco police officer later recognized the truck from a photo. The victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He survived.
The officer tracked the truck to the South San Francisco home of Weiler’s girlfriend and contacted Weiler, who denied any involvement with either the stolen 1997 vehicle or the hit-and-run incident. Witnesses later identified Weiler and the truck.