MINNEAPOLIS - A 63-year-old Minneapolis man will serve a year in the workhouse after pleading guilty to his role in a crash that killed one and left two others with permanent injuries.
Eugene Michael Farrell was sentenced Friday morning in Hennepin County Court. Along with the workhouse time Farrell will serve 15 years probation and complete alcohol treatment.
Farrell slammed into an overturned vehicle and directly or indirectly struck Marcus Andary, Keith Barnes and Alicia Kaufenberg on December 18, 2011. Kaufenberg's car had flipped after colliding with Andary.
Andary and Barnes had left their vehicles and pulled Kaufenberg. They were standing by her overturned car when Farrell's car plowed into the scene.
Tests later put his blood alcohol content at .09.
Andary, a 21-year-old college student from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was thrown into the roadway and hit by another car. He died at the scene.
Barnes and Kaufenberg suffered life-threatening injuries; Both lost their left legs when Farrell crashed into them.
The sentence was based on the fact that Farrell has no criminal history, showed remorse for his role in the crash, and voluntarily entered treatment before he was charged.
The judge also couldn't say for sure that Farrell could have avoided hitting the three victims anyway due to the complex accident scene and the fact he had little warning the car and victims were there.
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