what kind of agreement is that when the term is so open ended?I gather that the "agreement" was going to let the judge actually decide the jail time?
5-15 is the sentence the judge imposes--meaning that a minimum of five years must be served before release. Probation might be required after release and a violation could then result in the imposition of the remaining 10 years of the sentence.
So Thom faced 5 years in prison.
It's all quite immaterial now, Hawkeye, the man is dead. Give it a rest. This is not the time for you to divert this thread with one of your usual rants about the justice system.
Let people express their condolences, and let his friends and family remember him--his life was about much more than this accident and his legal case.