Click, 43, was indicted by a Refugio grand jury on two counts of criminally negligent homicide and five counts of injury to a child. He was tried in District Judge Jack Marr’s court Wednesday, July 30, and pleaded guilty to the charges. However, one count of injury to a child was dropped because of the plea bargain.
District Attorney Michael Sheppard described the trial as a “long proceeding” because the families involved were allowed to address the court and Click.
“It was tragic. It was awful for their families because of the loss,” Sheppard said.
“For the most part, they were forgiving,” Sheppard said.
Click received two 16- year sentences to run concurrently, part of the plea bargaining.
Sheppard said although the crime was not considered an aggravated offense, he thought Click would not be immediately paroled.
Sheppard pointed out that Click was on parole for drug offenses out of Jackson County when he was arrested.
Click had ceased reporting to his parole officer when the indictments were handed down.
Samuel Stoffregen, 14, and Nicole Lowenberg, 45, both of Austin, were killed Aug. 18, 2013, when Click’s pickup crossed over into their lane on state Highway 35 near the Aransas County line.
Sheppard said Nicole Lowenberg was taking the “children to the coast for one last weekend before school started. Samuel was an only child.”
Click had become a Top 10 fugitive, who was arrested in January by U.S. marshals in Mountainburg, Arkansas.