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Kansas City Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Missouri Car Accident

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Platte City, MOA 27-year-old man from Kansas City was recently handed a 17-year prison sentence for his role in a Missouri car accident last summer that killed a Northwest Missouri State University student, the St. Joseph News-Press reports.

According to the news provider, John McNamara received 13 years for involuntary manslaughter and four years for second-degree assault after he struck the car of the 22-year-old student, killing her.

McNamara had reportedly pleaded guilty to both charges, admitting that he had been drinking when he hit the left rear of a Pontiac G6 in which the student was a passenger. Authorities said that McNamara was driving 152 miles per hour just prior to the accident and had a blood alcohol level of .171, more than twice the legal limit.

The family of the student, who graduated from the university posthumously with honors in December, described her as a youth minister, teacher and resident mother for her sorority.

The student's parents and the Platte County prosecutor testified to McNamara's previous convictions including a number of speeding tickets and a prior DWI in 2005, according to the news source.


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