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Missouri man sentenced to 5 years in prison for fatal DWI

A judge has sentenced a St. Louis County man to five years in prison for his involvement in a fatal 2012 car crash. The incident occurred around 1 a.m. March 11, 2012, at the intersection of East Concord Road and South Lindbergh Boulevard. Police say the 34-year-old man was driving a vehicle in a southerly direction on South Lindbergh Boulevard at the same time that the 58-year-old South County woman was traveling along Concord Road.

As the woman was crossing South Lindbergh Boulevard, the man struck her vehicle broadside, killing her, after allegedly running a red light at the intersection. The man was taken into custody on charges related to DWI. He was later given a blood test that showed his blood alcohol level to be .12 percent. The legal limit for driving in Missouri is .08 percent.

The man is originally from Bosnia and may be deported following his prison sentence, according to authorities. Prior to sentencing, he had entered a guilty plea of involuntary manslaughter, which carries a sentence ranging from five to 15 years in prison. The woman was a mother of two grown children and served as a church secretary.

DWI laws are strict, and sentences can be severe. In addition to fines, a person convicted of DWI could spend time in jail or prison. A person may suffer financial loss if they are unable to work because they are in jail or have had their driver's license suspended. A DWI stays on a person's record for a long time and can have a negative impact on such things as future employment. Anyone facing DWI charges may want to consider hiring a lawyer to help them examine the evidence and begin building a credible defense.

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch, "Bosnian driver in fatal St. Louis County DWI wreck gets prison time, may be deported", June 20, 2014

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