- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A man accused of driving drunk and causing an accident in Grand Junction that killed a friend has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1pylkHt ) 39-year-old Jason Shriver pleaded guilty in August to vehicular homicide in the Jan. 19, 2011, death of 39-year-old Shannon Gallegos.

Shriver, who was sentenced Monday, says he doesn’t believe he was driving but took a plea deal because going to trial would probably mean he would spend life in prison because of his criminal record, which includes seven other felony convictions.

Investigators say DNA evidence indicated Shriver was behind the wheel during the crash and had a blood alcohol level of 0.248 percent, more than three times the legal limit for driving.

An affidavit also says he told a hospital employee he was driving.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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