Richmond man charged in 2011 death

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Robert Gavin Aliff, a 39-year-old Richmond man, was arrested Nov. 4 and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 death of Bruce Sodders.

Sodders was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Gladys Stafford, who was injured when Aliff’s 1996 Jeep Cherokee crossed the center line of Business 10, just east of Swofford Road.

The accident took place in early afternoon on May 1, 2011, with Aliff’s Jeep and Stafford’s Chevrolet Corsica striking head on. Sodders was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to court documents, Aliff was transported to Ray County Memorial Hospital, where a test result later revealed amphetamines and marijuana in his system. He had previously taken a breath test, which he passed.

Aliff is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a B felony. He also faces C felony assault for causing Stafford’s injuries, and two A misdemeanors for careless and imprudent driving, and operating a vehicle while his driving privileges were revoked.


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