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Published May 29, 2013, 08:52 AM

St. Michael man to be sentenced for crash that killed brother

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man is set to be sentenced for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his brother.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man is set to be sentenced for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his brother.

Jamie Belgarde, of St. Michael, pleaded guilty in federal court with involuntary manslaughter. He faces a maximum penalty of eight years in prison.

Authorities say Belgarde was under the influence of alcohol and speeding last summer when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road and the vehicle crashed. Donald Belgarde Jr., a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Defense attorneys say Jamie Belgarde made a "terrible, tragic decision," but does not have a significant criminal history and has excelled at school and work. They're asking for a sentence of not more than 18 months.

Sentencing is scheduled Friday morning in Fargo.

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