Update: Support Offered for Bar Worker Linked to Fatal Crash

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

An Omaha woman, convicted of procuring alcohol for a minor in a case that led to a deadly crash, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail.

Amanda Heiman was sentenced to 30 days in jail, as well as two years probation and community service. In court, Judge Troia said Heiman may be able to serve her jail time in house arrest.

In 2012, Heiman served alcohol to 18-year-old Jacob Dickmeyer and Colby Burke at Fire Barn Bar and Grill. Court documents show Heiman carded both teenagers, who gave her their Nebraska driver's licenses. Neither was 21.

At least two other employees told Heiman not to serve Dickmeyer alcohol but she told co-workers she didn't want to tell the teens no.

Investigators said when Dickmeyer left the bar and got behind the wheel of Heiman's car, his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. Officials have said the teens drank the equivalent of 10 beers and eight shots of liquor.

After the sentence was handed down, Heiman found words of support from the victim’s father.

Terry Dickmeyer said, “Jacob and Amanda were good friends. I know it’s been just as difficult for her as it has been anybody.”

Terry was with family and friends Tuesday, dealing with the latest news surrounding the death of his 18-year-old son. The friendship Jacob shared with Amanda Heiman has made the ordeal difficult.

“She got more than I thought she deserved,” Terry said. “Amanda’s been a great kid. She’s been very helpful to my family.”

Dickmeyer says he doesn’t think it’s fair that an off duty firefighter and police officer were also in the bar that night drinking with his son and did nothing to help. Terry wants to know why.

He said, “Our boys made bad choices that night but these kids were 18. These guys are in their 30s and 40s. They should be held at a higher accountability than some teenagers. These guys knew better but they were doing the same things the boys were doing.”

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said, “We’ve looked into those cases and from a standpoint of criminal responsibility there isn’t evidence for us to have a case there.”

Terry Dickmeyer says he has been in contact with a lawyer and he also plans to hire an expert to recreate the crash that killed his son.

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