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Published June 01, 2013, 10:30 AM

ND man sentenced in fatal drunken driving crash

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A New Town man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed an 84-year-old woman.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A New Town man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed an 84-year-old woman.

Merrill Mann Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court in February to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced on Friday.

Authorities say Mann's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when he caused a crash west of New Town in April 2012.

The accident killed Roberta Kiwimagi, who was a passenger in a van that collided with Mann's pickup.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/13rcVv9 ) that Mann was arrested in Bismarck in March for drunken driving, while awaiting sentencing. He has not made a court appearance on that charge.

Federal prosecutors say Mann has five prior drunken driving convictions in tribal court.

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