PAW PAW, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A 32-year-old man will serve at least 19 years in prison in a drunken driving crash that killed a southwestern Michigan woman and two small children.
MLive.com reported David Johnson reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and drunken driving causing death.
The crash happened Nov. 13, 2012, in Van Buren County’s Geneva Township, east of South Haven.
Investigators say Johnson’s pickup smashed head-on into a car driven by 24-year-old Brittney King of Bangor. The crash also killed 2-year-old Kandice Berryhill and 4-year-old Cassadi Berryhill, both of South Haven. Another third passenger, the children’s 24-year-old father Justin Berryhill of Grand Junction, was hospitalized.
A doctor testified in a December hearing that blood and urine tests showed Johnson’s blood-alcohol content was 0.32 percent, four times the legal limit.
A Michigan State Police crash reconstructionist testified that he believed the kids would have survived the crash had they been in proper child-restraint seats.
Johnson’s sentencing is set for April 9 in Paw Paw.
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