- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence man authorities say was drunk when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 and caused a crash that killed his girlfriend and injured two others has pleaded no contest.

Prosecutors say after entering the plea Thursday, 24-year-old Jeremy Leiva was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with three to serve followed by three years of home confinement, and the remainder suspended with probation. He was also ordered to undergo alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

Authorities say after he and his girlfriend attended a birthday party, Leiva drove south in the northbound lanes of the highway in the early morning hours of March 8, 2015 until colliding with another vehicle. Leiva’s passenger, his girlfriend Flory Hernandez, died. The newlyweds in the other vehicle were seriously injured.



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