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Minnesota teen sentenced to 32 years for fatal SUV crash

June 5, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis teenager was sentenced to more than 32 years in prison for killing three people when he crashed a stolen SUV into their pickup.

Eighteen-year-old Dayquan Hodge was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

The Star Tribune reports Hodge apologized in court to families of the victims. Authorities say Hodge sped up to 105 mph through south Minneapolis before crashing into the pickup outside Matt’s Bar last September.

Killed were the pickup’s driver, 64-year-old Kenneth Carpentier of Bullhead City, Arizona; his wife, 65-year-old Sheryl Carpentier; and another passenger, 48-year-old Kimberly Gunderson of Minneapolis. Four passengers in Hodge’s vehicle suffered serious injuries.

Court documents say Hodge had smoked marijuana as he drove the SUV. State troopers had been chasing Hodge but ended the pursuit.

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