Driver sentenced to 30 years for wrong-way crash
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:42:07 GMT —
A Columbia man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a deadly crash in Cole County last year.
29-year-old Dennis Leporin pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder and second degree assault, along with a felony DWI and two misdemeanors.
He was sentenced Wednesday.
Police said Leporin was driving without headlights in the wrong lane of U.S. 54 when his pickup truck hit a car head-on the night of March 6, 2013.
The collision killed the driver of the other vehicle, 19-year-old Chelsea D. Fredrickson of Camdenton, and seriously injured her passenger.
Prosecutors noted in court that Leporin had a blood alcohol content of 2.5 -- three times Missouri's legal limit -- when he was tested more than an hour after the crash.
Court documents show Leporin had at least two prior DWI convictions.