Drunk driver gets 22 years in prison for 'extreme indifference'

The former firefighter-paramedic caused a crash that killed a 2-year-old girl.

Posted: Mar. 6, 2018 8:51 AM

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A former firefighter-paramedic who had a blood alcohol level of 0.25 when he caused a crash in Oregon that killed a 2-year-old girl was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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The Bend Bulletin reports David William Fincher of Sherwood could have gotten 17 years Monday had he accepted a plea deal offered by the Deschutes County district attorney. Fincher instead took his chances with a jury and was found guilty last month of first-degree manslaughter for showing "extreme indifference" causing the death of Marley Elizabeth Peterson.

Peterson was traveling with her mother and older brother to the Sisters Folk Festival in September 2016 when she was killed in the crash on U.S. Highway 20.

The jury also found Fincher guilty of five counts of third-degree assault for causing injury to five other people in the crash, driving under the influence of intoxicants and eight counts of reckless endangerment.

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