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Ohio man who recorded fatal accident scene sentenced to jail

January 14, 2016

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio man who recorded grisly cellphone video of a car crash that killed one teenager and critically injured another has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

The judge who sentenced 41-year-old Paul Pelton on Wednesday for vehicle trespass and disorderly conduct says he wishes he could’ve gone beyond the maximum penalty.

Prosecutors say Pelton opened a door of the wrecked vehicle to continue recording while others tried to help the two teens. Police said Pelton can be heard on the video calling the teens “idiots.”

Pelton’s attorneys said in court that he only opened the door because another bystander asked what was in the backseat.

One defense attorney says Pelton realizes what he did was insensitive but added that it doesn’t make him a criminal.

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