Man gets 14-18 years in drunken driving death

By: AP
By: AP

Gillette WY (AP) - A judge in Gillette has sentenced a man to 14 to 18 years in prison for the hit-and-run killing of a tow-truck driver after a night of drinking in November 2012.

Justin Lynn Helsper had pleaded no contest to aggravated vehicular homicide in exchange for a recommended 14- to 18-year sentence from prosecutors.

The Gillette News-Record reports that he was sentenced this past week by District Judge Thomas W. Rumpke.

Through sobs and tears, Helsper apologized to the family of Larry Schofield, who was helping a stranded motorist on the side of the road when he was struck.

He had been convicted of drunken driving twice before, one involving a hit-and-run incident with a tree.

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