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Prison for Peabody man in drunken driving crash

March 22, 2014

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Peabody man has been sentenced to 2½ to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he was drunk when the car he was driving slammed into a parked flatbed tow truck, killing his passenger.

A Salem Superior Court judge also ordered 39-year-old Michael Fowler to serve five years of probation under several conditions, including not to drink alcohol, attend Alcohol Anonymous meetings and to speak to high school students about drunk driving.

Fowler was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to motor vehicle homicide, manslaughter and leaving the scene of the crash that killed 31-year-old Daniel Walker of Peabody.

Police arrested Fowler one-third of a mile from the scene of the May 24, 2013 crash.

He will begin serving his sentence on April 29.

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