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Drunken driver gets 9 years in fatal crash

 
Drunken driver gets 9 years in fatal crash
Posted October 29th, 2013 @ 10:45am by The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --The father of a Columbus fifth-grade teacher killed last year in a drunken driving crash is lamenting that the case didn't get the same attention as the recent case involving a videotaped confession.

In a nearly empty courtroom on Monday in Columbus, 51-year-old Clarence Dickerson pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of 38-year-old Melissa Rone last year. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Dickerson admitted he was driving drunk, and his blood alcohol content afterward was 0.19 percent.

The plea deal came as a jury was being chosen in his trial.

The scene was in contrast to the crowded courtroom last week when 22-year-old Matthew Cordle was sentenced to 6 ½ years after pleading guilty to a June drunken-driving crash. His confession in a viral YouTube video attracted international media attention.

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