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Driver in fatal crash gets 40-year prison sentence

The man responsible for causing a March 24 traffic crash in Mitchell that led to the death of a 9-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

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Davison County Deputy Steve Harr leads Michael Sedlmeier out of court Friday morning after he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for causing a March 24 traffic accident in Mitchell that led to the death of a 9-year-old girl. (Chris Huber/Republic)

The man responsible for causing a March 24 traffic crash in Mitchell that led to the death of a 9-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

Michael Ray Sedlmeier, 46, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty June 12 to first-degree manslaughter and third-offense drunken driving.

He had initially pleaded not guilty to those and other charges on April 17, but changed the plea after prosecutors agreed not to recommend more than a 40-year prison sentence.

The maximum punishment for first-degree manslaughter is life in prison.

The charges stem from a crash that occurred when Sedlmeier, while driving drunk and fleeing from police, ran a stop sign at the intersection of First Avenue and Duff Street and collided with an SUV carrying six passengers.

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One of those passengers, Iszabella "Bella" Morgan, of Mitchell, was killed as a result of the crash.

For more on the sentencing, check with The Daily Republic website and in Saturday's edition.

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