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Parish man to spend up to 30 years in prison for tragic DUI crash

A man from Parrish will now spend up to 30 years in prison for the death of three teens and the injuries caused to another. According to the story from Nov. 17, the man is accused of driving while under the influence before striking the four individuals.

The 35-year-old man was sentenced for three counts for driving under the influence resulting in manslaughter. He received 30 years for the three counts. He was also found guilty of DUI with a serious bodily injury. He is able to serve the 5-year sentence concurrently. Additionally, he was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in prison for property damage as a result of a DUI.

The man did not testify when he was sentenced. This was reportedly part of a plea agreement that the prosecutor and his attorney devised.

That night, he'd been driving a Dodge Ram when he failed to yield to an Impala on County Road 675. He had previously stated that he'd had no more than three beers and that the other vehicle came into his lane. He refused to give a blood sample, so the Florida Highway Patrol had to obtain a search warrant before it could be taken. It was found that his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .125. That's well above the .08 percent limit in Florida.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do after causing a serious accident is to take a plea deal. These help you face fewer penalties than if you went to trial. With the right information, you can decide if a plea deal, like the one this man received, could help you.

Source: Herald Tribune, "Parrish man gets 30-year sentence for deadly DUI crash," Dale White, Nov. 17, 2017

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