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Minn. Man Gets 1 Year in Deadly Hit-and-Run

Updated: 05/29/2014 5:53 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 5:50 PM WDIO.com

The motorist who struck and killed a Minnesota Army veteran on a Hinckley interstate entrance ramp last summer was sentenced in Pine County Court Thursday.

According to Steven Cundy, with the Pine County Attorney's Office, 32-year-old Derek Sanders will spend one year in jail, and 10 years on probation.

Sanders pleaded guilty to a charge of Criminal Vehicular Homicide in March. The victim was 24-year-old Trevor Langlois, of Wyoming, Minnesota. Sanders is from the same city.

Sanders hit and killed Langlois on an Interstate 35 entrance ramp while he was pulled over trying to fix his new truck. The crash happened around 11 o'clock on a night in mid-June.

According to a criminal complaint, Sanders told authorities he "hit something and 'was looking down or something' when he heard a crunch coming from the mirror area."

The complaint went on to say that Sanders started drinking alcohol between six and seven hours before the crash. In it, Sanders is quoted as saying "I had too many. I shouldn't probably have been in my truck - half a dozen or so, I don't know."

Cundy said Sanders' sentence includes 10 years of probation, which requires Sanders to stay away from alcohol, drugs and liquor stores. Should Sanders violate his probation, Cundy said he could be forced to return to jail for three more years.

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