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Man sentenced in crash that killed woman

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Posted: Dec 9, 2010 7:37 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: sentenced, prison, car, crash, Baton Rouge, woman

BATON ROUGE - A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for a September 2009 car crash that killed an 82-year-old Baton Rouge woman.

State District Judge Lou Daniel called Deven Newton a "danger to the public" on Wednesday and ordered him to pay more than $3,900 to the estate of Dorothy T. Smith to cover the cost of her
funeral.

Police said Newton was traveling 80 mph when his car hit Smith's vehicle near Baton Rouge on Sept. 6, 2009.

The Advocate reports Newton pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in October.

Daniel, who noted that Newton was put on probation in 2007 after pleading guilty to a DWI charge, said Newton had racked up three traffic violations since the fatal 2009 wreck.

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