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Oregon teen pleads no contest after deadly crash

December 19, 2017

This undated photo provided by the Douglas County, Ore., Sheriff's office shows Lejay Cole. Cole, whose passenger was killed in a wreck, has pleaded no contest to criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants. Sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 10, 2017. According to court documents, he will likely receive five years in prison and a lifetime suspension of his driving license. (Douglas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A teenage driver whose passenger was killed in a wreck has pleaded no contest to criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The News-Review reports 19-year-old Lejay Cole of Sutherlin reached a plea agreement Friday with Douglas County prosecutors — about a month after striking a mailbox and crashing into a ditch.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 10. According to court documents, he will likely receive five years in prison and a lifetime suspension of his driving license.

The crash happened Nov. 18 at about 3 a.m. The uninjured Cole told deputies he might have fallen asleep after he followed a long day of logging with seven beers over a four-hour period. His friend, 21-year-old Nathaniel Cagle, died in a hospital two days after the crash.

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Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com

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