Man Gets 6 Years on Plea Deal in DUI Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Salyersville man has taken a plea to second-degree manslaughter in exchange for a potentially shorter prison term.

The Kentucky Enquirer reported 29-year-old Jonathan Keeton was sentenced to six and a half years last week. He earlier pleaded guilty in the death of a passenger in his car, 31-year-old Connie Sutherland of Salyersville.

Sutherland died along Interstate 71/75 after Keeton's car veered off the road and struck a culvert in July 2012. Police said neither Sutherland nor Keeton wore seat belts and Keeton's blood-alcohol level was 1.9 — more than twice the presumed level of intoxication.

He could have faced 10 years in prison if convicted at trial.

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