Police said Garrett Wilhelm of Gainesville was on his way to visit his parents in Keller when he rear-ended a family of four along Interstate 35W on Dec. 24, 2014, in Denton, killing 5-year-old Moriah Modisette. Wilhelm has pleaded guilty on a manslaughter charge.

Garrett Wilhelm, 25, was taken into custody Monday morning after District Judge Margaret Barnes accepted a plea bargain that would ultimately defer judgment of a felony manslaughter charge. 

Wilhelm stood accused after the Christmas Eve 2014 wreck that killed 5-year-old Moriah Modisette and seriously injured her father, mother and older sister. The video chatting app Facetime was running on his iPhone at the time of the crash, according to court documents. 

Wilhelm will serve 110 days in the Denton County Jail, five years' probation and pay $60,000 in restitution. 

If he fulfills the terms of his sentence, he will receive deferred adjudication, which means the case will remain on his record but he will not be convicted. 

This story has been updated. 

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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