- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Casper-area man who pleaded guilty to his role in a fatal drunken driving crash has been sentenced to at least five years in prison.

Natrona County District Judge Thomas Sullins sentenced 34-year-old Tracy Matekovic Tuesday for driving under the influence resulting in serious bodily injury in the December 2013 death of 38-year-old Christopher Sanders.

Charging documents say Matekovic was driving in the opposite lane on a road west of Casper when he collided with Sanders’ car at an intersection.

Prosecutors said they did not pursue a vehicular homicide charge because Sanders was speeding and had meth in his system, but they noted that Matekovic had 16 alcohol-related criminal offenses on his record, including three previous DUI’s.

Sullins wondered whether the criminal justice system had been too lenient in punishing Matekovic for the earlier offenses.

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