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Driver sentenced to 30 years for wrong-way crash

29-year-old Dennis Leporin has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a deadly crash in Cole County last year.

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.

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