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Judge Hands Down Sentence In Deadly Texting While Driving Case

March 4, 2014, 4:20 PM

Judge Hands Down Sentence In Deadly Texting While Driving Case
Brent O'Neal

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A man who admitted to texting while driving before a crash that killed a motorcyclist is sentenced to time in prison.

Brent O'Neal pleaded guilty to manslaughter in December in the death of 33-year-old Philip Sorensen.  O'Neal admitted he was texting and driving when he hit three vehicles, a motorcycle and a light pole at the intersection of 26th Street and Minnesota Avenue in July 2012.

During a sentencing hearing Tuesday afternoon, Judge Mark Salter heard from attorneys on both sides, along with Sorensen's family members and O'Neal himself.

Salter sentenced O'Neal to 20 years in the penitentiary with 11 suspended.  He estimates O'Neal will serve half of the nine years.  

O'Neal must also pay $10,000 in restitution.

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