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Published May 13, 2013, 04:25 PM

Toner pleads guilty to manslaughter

(WDAY TV) -- An emotional day in the courtroom as a Minnesota semi driver pleads guilty to aggravated reckless endangerment.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- An emotional day in the courtroom as a Minnesota semi driver pleads guilty to aggravated reckless endangerment.

A manslaughter charge against 56 year old James Toner of Long Prairie was dropped. Toner was making a right hand turn when a trailing motorcycle hit the rig in June.

The driver of the motorcycle, 29 year old Jason Viestenz (v-stenz) was killed and his 10 year old son injured. Family members shared heartfelt testimony about what this accident has done to them.

Cherie Clark, Asst. Cass County States Attorney, says, "I dont think anyone can be happy with the outcome of this case, this case had a lot of emotions, there is a dead father, a dead brother, a dead son. So I cant say I'm happy about it, but I think it was fair and just."

Toner was sentenced to one year in prison, with all but 75 days suspended, and two years supervised probation. While on probation, he won't be able to have a trucking license. Toner says the incident has made him want to quit truck driving all together.

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