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Man jailed for six months after elderly couple married for 63 years killed in Northamptonshire crash

Garry Marshall was jailed for six months. Credit: Northamptonshire police

A 61-year-old man has been jailed for six months after an elderly couple, married for 63 years, were killed in a crash in Northamptonshire.

Garry Dennis Marshall was driving his Land Rover Discovery on the A508, through the village of Roade, when he turned into the path of a Skoda Fabia.

William, 89, and his wife Brenda Skears, who was 85, died at the scene.

William and Brenda Skears had been married for 63 years Credit: Northamptonshire police

Marshall was jailed for six months and will spend 12 months on licence.

He's also been disqualified from driving for two years and three months.

William and Brenda had been married for 63 years and had lived in Paulerspury all of their married lives.

At the time of the crash, William was one month away from his 90th birthday and Brenda was three weeks away from her 86th birthday.

William and Brenda Skears were a lovely couple and to have lost their lives in this way after such a long time together is such a tragedy.

I am pleased to see Garry Marshall receive a custodial sentence and I hope that the end of this case provides William and Brenda’s family with some element of closure.

As you can see from the photo we have released of the aftermath of this collision, this was a hugely devastating crash and I hope it demonstrates just how important it is to be alert 100% of the time when driving.

As we can see here, it only takes a second to have a crash that changes lives forever.

– DC Ady Tredwell, Lead Investigator