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Four-Year Sentence For Drunk Policeman In Traffic Death Case

January 11, 1988

AYLESBURY, England (AP) _ A policeman who killed a bicyclist while driving with four times the legal amount of alcohol in his bloodstream was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

Constable Gordon Marshall, 34, a 12-year veteran, appeared in Aylesbury Crown Court to plead guilty to causing death by reckless driving.

After Judge Lawrence Verney sentenced him to four years, Marshall apologized to the family of the victim, Trevor Roberts, 39, who died after Marshall’s car struck him from behind June 7.

Police said Marshall had drunk so much that he wasn’t legally sober to drive until 13 hours after the accident.

The Thames Valley police said Marshall would appear later before a disciplinary hearing to determine his fate as a policeman.

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